Spielberg and Kushner have done justice to what Bernstein, Robbins, and the quite recently late Stephen Sondheim made all those years ago – not subverting its enduring value, but rather, with fire and grace, doing so much to earn it.
It’s a wonderful musical, and an unabashed Steven Spielberg movie.
West Side Story moves like a freight train, its 156 minutes passing in barely a breath, and that breakneck pace, combined with the expressionist aesthetic and candy-coloured imagery, reminds us that blockbusters don’t have to be grey-scaled dreck.
Rest easy musical fans, Spielberg has done it, and now a whole new audience can revel in the splendour of West Side Story.
However, not all the critics were as impressed, with some giving West Side Story three stars.