West Side Story ★★★★★

One of the most lovely, beautiful, energetic and artful films I’ve ever seen. The choreography drives me fucking wild. I would have lost my mind seeing this in a theater in 1961. I’ve been wanting to rewatch this for two years since I first saw it and was worried it wouldn’t live up to my memory, but it’s even better. It’s so good it’s hard not to say this is one of my favorite films even though what I really mean is that it’s my favorite musical. Every song is memorable and good and every dance sequence makes me want to become a trained gymnast. This is what it looks like when everyone involved is firing on all cylinders (including the makeup team who said “Fuck it- brown face.”) A few weeks ago I thought about the idea of getting to be out of quarantine and watching Spielberg’s remake in theaters with my friends at Christmas and teared up.

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