Review: ‘West Side Story’ Is a Stunning Remake That Embraces and Improves a Classic Tale

West Side Story holds a very special place in my heart, as it was the first musical that my mother ever introduced me to. 

It sparked a lifelong passion for musical theater that led me straight to writing this review. 

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is nothing short of a masterpiece and I loved being able to take my mother to see it with me and experience it anew with her again. 

The original West Side Story had major issues, those of which include, most egregiously, brownface. 

Fortunately, Spielberg cast actual Latinos to portray the Puerto Rican cast of the film. 

While the original West Side Story is its own masterpiece on many fronts, it paints very broad stripes and is mostly isolated in its storytelling.