Sunday, May 26, 2024

New Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Sensational Looking “West Side Story” Arrives with Best Picture Written All Over It


I’ve been saying this for months. Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” will win Best Picture next March. It releases on December 10th. The new trailer is sensational. What Spielberg has done is honor the stage musical and film with his own reverential take on the material. You can see it in this trailer.

Everyone looks terrific from Ansel Elgort (Tony) and Rachel Zegler (María) to Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). I want to see Brian d’Arcy James nominated as Best Supporting Actor. He’s going to be amazing.

Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay, so you know we’re in good hands. And look at the cinematography from two time Oscar winner Janusz Kaminski. You can already tell he’s got the whole thing very right. What sold me? The neon Gimbel’s sign. Nothing says 1957 like Gimbel’s in New York!

Last year the Academy went for small and intimate with “Nomadland.” This year, I predict they’re going to big, a welcome back to movies, with “West Side Story.” We need this one!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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