<i>West Side Story</i>, as we all know, is such a beautiful musical, on both stage and screen. The fact that it's such a great golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie musical puts West Side Story in a very special class all by itself. The people who predicted that there'd never be another film like it were 100% right on their money, because even Steven Spielberg's upcoming re-make of the original 1961 film version of <i>West Side Story</i> will <b>never, ever</b> take the place of the original film, regarding the cast, the cinematography, the costumes, the beautifully-choreographed dancing by the late Jerome Robbins, and the very story itself, as well as the people who created both the original stage play, as well as the original 1961 film version of <i>West Side Story</i> cannot and will not be replaced, because there's <b>only one</b> <i>West Side Story</i>, really....
Now--don't get me wrong. I'm not against Steve Spielberg per se. He's done some really good movies. I'm totally against a re-make of the original 1961 film version of <i>West Side Story</i> for a number of reasons that will take too long and take up too much space to post on here. I'm totally against a re-make of the film West Side Story because I'm of the opinion that it should <b>not</b> be re-made by <b>anybody</b>, including Steve Spielberg. Today's Hollywood should just leave old Hollywood alone.
I looked at the pictures of the cast members, and possible cast members of Spielberg's upcoming <i>West Side Story</i> re-make, and was admittedly not pleased. Every single one of the cast that has either already been chosen for the new <i>West Side Story</i>, or may possibly be picked for the re-make of the film version of WSS looks totally vapid, and lacks charm and believability. All of the above having been said, I plan on boycotting the re-make of the film <i>West Side Story</i>, because the original one is too special for me, and is too much of a special class by itself to justify a re-make. I am also against a re-make of the 1961 film version of West Side Story due to my intense love for this movie, which is my all time favorite, hands down.
Some people claim that if the stage version can be re-made with different people, then so can a movie. I disagree wholeheartedly with that viewpoint. Live theatre and film are two completely different mediums. It's easier to re-create and re-create a stage version by getting different people, because stage productions consist of real live people, and, due to the much narrower focus that a live stage production produces, it takes more effort to maintain the wave of communication between the actors/actresses on stage than is required by film. Unlike live stage theatre, film demands the audience's attention by looming up larger than life-size on the screen. That being said, a movie is what it is, and West Side Story, as a movie-musical, is no exception!