With West Side Story I really should admit that I do have somewhat of an aversion to musicals, in that rarely do I like them. The problems tend to be the same in that they are always too long, and too often they are content to be boring whenever music is not playing. The worst of them though are when the ones with terrible songs. West Side Story has good songs and the direction actually is rather commendable in bringing some cinematic life to the proceedings. The performances though are shaky. There are a few good ones, Rita Moreno for example, but too many of them are rather bland particularly the very miscast leads. I don't believe its a failure as a film, some of it does work, its bloated most musicals are, but there are good things in it.