As planned, the box office has been reactivated with the premiere of ‘Spiderman: No way home’, but it has exceeded expectations and has returned to pre-pandemic figures. At the moment, in the United States it is the second best start in history. In Spain it has raised more than 9.3 million euros and has become the highest grossing film of 2021. To get an idea of the magnitude of the phenomenon, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1.4 million viewers went to the cinema , a number that had not been reached since January 2020, just before the pandemic.
Our critic already foresaw it last Wednesday, in the previous Window of the Cinema. And upon learning of this magnificent news, he expressed that, although he is not interested in the film at all, he is happy “that people go back to the cinema and pay a ticket.”
West Side Story, el primer musical de Steven Spielberg
And from a success at the box office, to a premiere that has not convinced the US box office. ‘West Side Story’ swept in 1961 with no more and no less than 10 statuettes. Will this new version of Spielberg succeed in convincing you?
West Side Story
Tony Kushner. Libro: Arthur Laurents. Musical: Jerome Robbins
Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, David Alvarez, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno
“I saw it as a child, but above all I have spent my whole life listening to the music that Bernstein made. I was not passionate about the romanticism of the story then or now. By far what I like the most is the soundtrack, ”says Boyero.
This is the first foray into the world of musicals by director Steven Spielberg, “he had played all genres except the western and the musical and he knows how to apply all that cinematographic wisdom, but he competes with an indelible film, the ‘West Side Story’ of 61 ”, the critic sentences.
As for the cast, we all have in mind two superb actresses: Natalie Wood and, without a doubt, the pure nerve of Rita Moreno. Spielberg pays tribute with a role to Rita Moreno. But Carlos Boyero misses Natalie Wood, the Mary that we all have engraved on our retina: “I don’t fall in love with the girl, which Natalie Wood did,” Boyero concludes.
‘Being the Ricardos’, the latest from Aaron Sorkin
From this Tuesday, Aaron Sorkin’s new movie, ‘Being the Ricardos’, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, is available on Amazon Prime. It tells the story of the famous 1950s series ‘I love Lucy’, focuses on a week of filming in which Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, face a crisis that could end their careers and their marriage .
Being the Ricardos
Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons
For our critic, this film is only a “good …” (with many ellipsis), which ends up stating that “at times it is tiresome.”
Although he does see the marked style of Sorkin that fans of the style of the director of ‘The West Wing of Casablanca’ will find extremely attractive. “He is a man who is concerned about the speed of the dialogues, because the answers are ingenious and brilliant,” says Boyero.
“They say that he was a womanizer and she was a woman very much in love who realized that her marriage was falling apart and meanwhile makes all of America laugh,” explains the critic. Although without a doubt the most surprising is Lucille’s involvement in the witch hunt of the Hollywood industry of the 50’s. absolute icon ”.
As for the cast, the critic agrees, although he once again emphasizes that the Bardem he likes the most is that of ‘The Good Patron’.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.