It’s not… terrible? If you like WEST SIDE STORY in general, that is. I never thought it was all that great, honestly. A couple of the songs weren’t bad, though.
Also, it’s been sixty years since the last one, so it’s fair game for a remake. Not sure why Spielberg’s eager to do one; this is the sort of thing you’d do as the cinematic equivalent of a masterwork, except that Steven Blooming Spielberg already did one of those with SCHINDLER’S LIST. I dunno. Maybe he just likes WSS more than I do.
One area the director will not revisit is Jaws. Deadline heard recently that Universal broached the subject to reboot Spielberg’s breakout classic, with Spielberg producing, and the answer was a firm no.
…Personally, I might have preferred that Spielberg had responded to such a highly impertinent question by dangling the unlucky Universal suit over a shark tank, but that would have been unethical. After all, you don’t blame the messenger for the message. Life is not a Conan movie. And JAWS should not be remade.
PS: I don’t actually want to see a Spielberg Conan movie. I want to see a Guy Ritchie Conan movie, set in Conan’s thief days.
At twenty bucks the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection is frankly a steal. I might have paid twenty just for the Blu-ray of DUEL; having that and E.T. and JAWS in one package was irresistible. Plus, this sale ain’t happening forever.