“West Side Story” is a 1961 musical directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with the script by Ernest Lehman. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, which was inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rite Moreno, and George Chakiris. The film follows conflict between a white gang, the Jets, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks. Things get more complicated when the former leader of the Jets falls for the sister of the leader of the Sharks. The music and the dancing are amazing, and Wise and Robbins deliver some remarkable moments. This musical is from a different time and the gangs are more comic than dangerous, and the leads lack a certain intensity. Nevertheless, the movie won ten of the eleven Academy Awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture, and a special award for Robbins. The film was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its “cultural significance”. A remake of the film is set to be released in 2020 if the movie theatres open again.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Full Sail’s Summa’ Time Lime Lager. This unique beer has an ABV of 4.5%. It pours a pale gold with about an inch of foam. This beer has the aroma of citrus and bread. It tastes like it smells. It is a well-balanced beer with a clean, crispy, and refreshing mouthfeel to it. I picked this beer because it is so refreshing. After a long day of dance-fighting, you are going to want to sit down and drink this beer. This beer will heighten the dancing and music for you and let you guide over the 1960s take on stage acting.