West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story (2021)

  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Rita Moreno
  • USA | 156mins | 2021 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 2h 36m

Steven Spielberg's new adaptation of the beloved stage musical arrives at The Odyssey.

Love at first sight strikes when young Tony (Ansel Elgort) spots Maria (Rachel Zegler) at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks - two rival gangs vying for control of the streets.

Steven Spielberg's reimagining almost feels like you're watching West Side Story for the first time. He has created his own miracle, a diversely cast, socially-aware film for today that embraces all that is sublime in its incomparable source.

Justin Peck's choreography throughout keeps the DNA of Jerome Robbins's but adds an athleticism that makes it feel fresh. Twirling and leaping down the mean streets of New York's Upper West Side, the Sharks and Jets are still the most balletic punks ever.