Robert Wise’s 1961 screen adaptation of the ever-popular 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story, was a difficult act to follow. Yet Steven Spielberg’s 2021 Golden Globe-winning remake was a great reimagining of the modern world Romeo and Juliet tragedy with performance that rivaled if not surpassed that of the original – and you can see it all for yourself from home.
Originally written by playwright Arthur Laurents, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story focuses on the tragic love story between Tony (Ansel Elgort), a member of the Jets gang, and Maria (Rachel Zegler) – the sister of Bernardo (David Alvarez), who is a member of Tony’s rival gang, the Sharks . The two fall in love at first sight after meeting at a high school dance and enter a rapidly escalating romance that becomes a point of tension between the Jets and Sharks amid their ongoing struggle. for control of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Standout performances included Maria’s Zegler, as well as Golden Globe-winning Ariana DeBose’s new take on Puerto Rican immigrant Anita (originally played by Rita Moreno) – Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s close confidante.
“It’s a dazzling display of cinematic craftsmanship that also feels raw, unstable and alive,” New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote about the adaptation. “Rather than embalming a classic with an homage or aggressively reinventing it, Spielberg, Kushner, Peck and their collaborators…have rediscovered its thrilling essence.”
“Nobody needed to play with it. #West Side Story but Steven Spielberg went and did it and damn it’s really good, beautiful and largely true to the text with some smart respectful tweaks and a young cast that I now want to see in everything” Weekly entertainment critic Leah Greenblatt too tweeted.
To experience this acclaimed reimagined classic at home, find out how to stream Spielberg’s West Side Story below.
Where to stream
The film is available to stream now on Disney+ and HBO Max with monthly plans starting at $7.99 and $9.99, respectively, at no additional cost. The film is also available for ad-supported streaming on Hulu for $13.99 per month ($19.99 per month ad-free), as well as with the Disney Bundle (including ESPN+ and Hulu) for $14 per month. month.
How to catch up
The original from 1961 West Side Story is available to rent and buy now on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play and YouTube.
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