For the life of me I cannot understand why Steven Spielberg is making this movie.
The original West Side Story is a movie that is exquisitely of a specific time and place and nearly perfect. Who in their right mind would try to remake that classic?
I can understand Spielberg wanting to tackle a big musical before he retires from directing, but he could have chosen one that didn't win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
On top of that, I am not a fan Ansel Elgort. It is very hard for me to imagine him taking on the role of the wide-eyed. I also notice that it looks like they've replaced Doc with a woman. Little changes like this make me wary that by tinkering with perfection, all you can do is make something worse.
Having said all that, I have to admit that the trailer gave me chills. I do not know how much of that is simply the iconic music that reaches behind my critical mental shields and simply hits me in the emotions. I have to say the movie looks gorgeous. If there had never been another movie of West Side Story I would be way more excited. Right now, Spielberg has moved me from skeptical to intrigued.
What are your thoughts?