'Drab' first look at Spielberg's 'West Side Story' is getting a bit of a slating online

Ben Arnold
Contributor
West Side Story (Credit: Fox/Amblin)

Steven Spielberg is in the middle of remaking the classic, Oscar-trawling musical West Side Story, and now we've got our first idea of what it's going to look like.

Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox have revealed the first shot from the movie's set, with Ansel Elgort's Tony and Rachel Zegler's Maria front and centre.

They're flanked by the Jets and the Sharks on each side, presumably eyeing each other up for a 'rumble'.

But dipping a toe into the online reaction, and things aren't quite as celebratory as the studio may be hoping.

In fact, it's getting a bit of a battering for looking more like a muted Gap advert than a vibrant re-telling of Bernstein and Sondheim's electrifying musical, or Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' vibrant 1961 movie.

The colours are drab as Elgort's khakis.

But luckily, some folks have 'fixed' it, and to be fair, it looks 10 times better.

Of course, all this has brought into question why Spielberg is bothering to try and better a movie which landed a ludicrous 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Also starring Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, and Corey Stoll, it's due for release in December, 2020.