(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
DATE REVIEWED: 02/10/2016
TITLE: West Side Story
TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hour 35 minutes
DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 34.1 miles
TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4125.4 miles
SYNOPSIS: Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet updated to 1960s New York.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The concepts of race, struggle, desire, elitism, hatred and love all rolled into one. It pretty much sums up the good and the bad of human society with really catching songs and dance numbers.
PROS AND CONS: This has probably been the 3rd or 4th viewing of this film, but the first for Cinema Cycle. So I could sit back and just enjoy it because I knew what was coming.
While the song and dance numbers are almost overpowering in their technique and talent, what I focused on more than anything else were the classic themes that the work is based around.
The inability of groups and ethnicities to empathize and understand those that are different from them is the core of this film. Even though the stage play dates from the 1950s and the film from the early 60s, the issues that swirl around the protagonists in this film are still present today. They will probably be with us forever.
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This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.
This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.