Speilberg's woke WEST SIDE STORY mega bombs Dec 12, 2021 14:45:11 GMT -5
Post by jdv on Dec 12, 2021 14:45:11 GMT -5
IF THERE was ever a movie that didn't scream out for a re-make (much less a woke one), WEST SIDE STORY would be high on the list.
For one, non-cartoon musicals are high risk propositions, with HAMILTON being the one exception to the rule.
2nd, a film featuring singing, happy go lucky gangs doing battle on city streets seems wildly out of touch as real roving gangs of thieves ravage stores across the land as the murder rate soars to record levels as more illegal aliens have entered the country then in any previous year.
Making it woke (who doesn't remember and love the transsexual character from the original?) alienates the majority of older people who might actually plop down money for this turd burger, and about half of the rest of the country. By including the not-in-the-original trans character, the film was immediately rendered banned in much of the Middle East (although it's hard to believe it'd do any better there than the rest of the world).
Spielberg told a reported that there are no English subtitles when Spanish is being spoken because he “respects the language” and did not want to give “English the power over the Spanish," whatever that's supposed to mean. He also cut all the dancing numbers, because reasons.
Thus it's no surprise that WEST SIDE STORY is a mega-bomb, earning only $10 million domestically, and $4 in the rest of the world (with little hope to do much better with later releases). At a reported cost of $100 million, plus perhaps that much in ads, it's one of the biggest bombs of the year and of Spielberg's career ("1941" even made money).
So it's a another disappointment for Spielberg, who hasn't had a true hit since the last INDIANA JONES back in 2008 and yet more proof that Hollywood seems completely content to kill itself to prove a dubious point.