Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 10, 2021, or: The ‘West Side Story 2021’ Blues…and Other Bits and Pieces of Seasonal Angst

I have not been to a movie theater since late December 2019. Thanks ever so much, COVID-19, anti-maskers, and anti-vaxxers! Image Credit: Image by Andreas Glöckner from Pixabay 

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Friday, December 10, 2021. It is a warm early winter day. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under partly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the feels-like temperature is 84˚F (30˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 82˚F (28˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 67˚F (20˚C).

Today is Opening Day for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, a movie musical based on the original 1957 stage production that featured music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was directed by Jerome Robbins. Adapted from the “book” by Arthur Laurents by Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich), West Side Story has a cast of young actors (including Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler) that is more authentic-looking than the 1961 Oscar-winning adaptation co-directed by Robbins and Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture).

I really want to see this in theaters, but because I don’t want to go to a crowded movie venue in Gov  Ron DeSantis’ Florida – regardless of whether I go alone via Uber or Lyft or if The Caregiver went with me – I will have to wait till Walt Disney-owned 20th Century Films releases Spielberg’s West Side Story on 4K UHD/Blu-ray. That, if I know how films are distributed, won’t happen before February or March 2022, depending on how well the film does in its theatrical release.

I did order the original soundtrack album from West Side Story 2021, which was released today by Hollywood Records. I pre-ordered it (of course) earlier this week, but Amazon says I won’t get my copy for a while. According to my order status, the delivery window is between December 21 and December 27. Of course, past experience with Amazon tells me that I could get my CD before then; it just depends on how quickly the retailer can get shipments sent from the CD replication facility to its warehouses.

Other than that, I don’t have a lot to share with you. I went to bed rather late last night and woke up close to 10 AM, which is why I’m writing this post so late in the day. I did some last-minute Christmas shopping a couple of hours ago, and now I’m tired, headachy, and more than a little melancholic.

So, on that note, dissonant as it may be, I’ll close for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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