It's been coming to 6 years since I watched the movie with the late Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, I grew a liking on the songs and the movie.
As many West Side Story fans like myself, I knew many of the songs. But the most beautiful song among them that I love is 'Tonight', followed by 'Somewhere'. The former would definitely be an amazing wedding song while the latter is telling us to follow your dreams, even though you are down and upset.
Another song that I like is America, because Anita manage to stand up to her belief on her opinion on America, I also like how the boys countered the girls during the song.
The story is a modernised version of Shakespeare's tragic Romeo & Juliet, however Maria (Juliet's WSS counterpart) did not die in the end. The movie and the stage version has convey a strong message regarding racism no matter what race you are!
I was very happy that Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer played Maria and Tony respectively, however I heard that Wood was so disappointed because they did not use her voice in the movie and Beymer was not very happy with his portrayal of Tony in the movie.
Speaking of them, their relationship were sour during the set. But they buried the hatchet many years later after the movie, I was happy that they became friends afterwards.
Rita Moreno was another amazing actress, who was the only Puerto Rican cast to be in the movie! I kind of feel bad for her when she was filming the taunting scene, but luckily the actors who played the Jets managed to talk to her and re-filmed the scene in one goal!
Another amazing movie musical review, hope that you enjoy reading it! I hope to see the stage version sometimes soon.
Team Puerto Rico or Team USA?