West Side Story (2021)


Official poster of Spielberg’s West Side Story

By Sophia DAntonio, Staff Writer

The iconic and beloved West Side Story musical was brought back to theaters this December. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg, and one of the main characters, Maria, is played by Rachel Zegler, who has made her feature film debut with this role.

The musical/romance of West Side Story was first adapted as a film in 1961. In the 2021 production, Zeglar, Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rita Moreno (the original Anita), and many more cast members have brought a new light to the movie. The incredible story, lovely songs, and characters brought the tragic, love story to life to both new and old generations. 

This 156-minute film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the story of two people from rival lives falling in love and doing everything they can to stay together. The two hide their love from everyone else until they are free from the judgment of their conflicting friends and families. The Romeo and Juliet-like story will tear at your heartstrings while keeping you on the edge of your seat.