West Side Story

West Side Story ★★★★½

"Tonight, I saw how wonderful a reboot can be!" Spielberg's 'West Side Story' both stays true to the original but also updates it into the 21st century. I like how it feels classical and modern at the same. If you've seen the 1961 version, you know the story, the songs, the characters, ... But the characters get just a little more depth, the cinematography is stunning. The female characters steal the screen: Rachel Zegler's debut performance, Rita Moreno's reboot appearance and Ariana DeBose's turn as Anita are highlights in the movie. Nevertheless, Riff and Bernardo's performers also turn the characters in less of a 'stereotype'. Only Ansel Elgort's stays a little bit flat maybe, but I didn't think it was as bad as some other reviews made it out to be. I feel pretty happy that I saw this one in the cinema!