SPOTLIGHT | 'West Side Story' gets some Spielberg spin; a (very) big red dog hits our screens
Star writer Tony Kushner helps reimagine the beloved musical about forbidden love in NYC, while oversized canine Clifford provides fun for the whole family
In this week’s episode of Spotlight, we headline celebrated director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story, which originated as the classic stage musical in 1957 and was later filmed in 1961. With a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Tony Kushner, this formidable team has taken the Romeo and Juliet-inspired story of young lovers torn apart by a climate of hate and intolerance to another level.
The storyline explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort, who plays Tony, and Rachel Zegler as Maria. Early reviews have unanimously hailed West Side Story as one of the front-runners for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards. This cinema release, from December 10, is not to be missed.
A well-known children’s story making its way to the big screen is Clifford the Big Red Dog, so we take a closer look at this family adventure-comedy. Based on the canine hero of the American hit series of 80 children’s books, the film tells the story of a young girl’s love for a tiny puppy named Clifford, which makes the dog grow to an enormous size.
Faced with a nearly 4m tall hound in her small New York City apartment, Emily and her uncle set out on an adventure that takes a bite out of the Big Apple. With a cast that includes Jack Whitehall and John Cleese, audiences agree that it is the young Darby Camp and Isaac Wang as her friend Owen Yu that truly shine in this film. This fun for the whole family will be at cinemas from December 10.
We also join the Spider-Man: No Way Home costume tour in Johannesburg, and get to meet Spidey himself at Movies@ MonteCasino! Our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger is unmasked as we talk all things Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Don’t miss next week’s episode, when we look at the season of royal family sagas, with M-Net rerunning the documentary Diana: The Interview that Shocked the World, at 7.30pm on December 16, just in time for the cinema release of Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart.
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