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Musicals, Period and Historical, Romance
Steven Spielberg directs this remake of the classic film (based on the Broadway musical) set in the 1950s, following two lovers on two opposing sides of a gang rivalry. The white ‘Jets’ and the Puerto Rican ‘Sharks’ are warring over the small patch of New York City that they both believe belongs to them, constantly causing trouble and fighting with each other. The leader of the Jets, Riff, is keen to bring his old friend Tony, recently released from prison, back into the gang. However, when Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader Bernardo, the situation begin to unravel, and everybody involved begins to hurtle towards tragedy. With shades of Romeo and Juliet, this gorgeously evocative update to the original’s themes of class, race, love and toxic masculinity is given a much-needed contemporary spin whilst staying true to the stunning musical numbers and dance sequences that have survived the test of time.
moderate violence, discrimination, sexual threat, implied strong language
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