West Side Story (1961) is an energetic, widely-acclaimed, melodramatic musical - a modern-day, loose re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragedy of feuding families, although the setting is the Upper West Side of New York City in the late 1950s with conflict between rival street gangs rather than families.
I understand this movie received Oscar-nods but I find the story lacks a coherent chronology of events.There are some parts that Eliza did this and that. The next thing I know she's going to a ball. I expected gradual development because the movie was more than 2 hours long. Audrey Hepburn's acting was superb she's irritatingly good as the unrefined Cockney flower girl. Rex Harrison is an effective unappreciative Phonetics professor. Love the costumes and gowns as well. Rating: 3/5