Thursday, March 19, 2009

11 Days 'til NYC: West Side Story

In anticipation for my trip to New York City I will be counting down with some of my NYC movies (and even some that I don't like just for a change of pace). Hope you all enjoy.

It wasn't my intention to bring it up since I chose this still weeks ago, but has anybody seen that Vanity Fair photoshoot in which Camilla Belle, Ben Barnes, Rodrigo Santoro, Chris Evans and Jennifer Lopez recreate iconic moments from West Side Story? It's absolutely horrific.

I'm not even going to ask they thought anybody wanted to see this, let alone see this with Camilla Belle (When a Stranger Calls) and Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) as the leads. No, since the West Side Story screencap at the top is of Rita Moreno from the "America" number I really want to ask whose decision it was to cast Jennifer Lopez as her modern day equivalent. Lopez isn't fine to spit-shine Moreno's shoes. Utterly horrific, don't you agree?

So, in conclusion: West Side Story is amazing and "America" is a showstopper of EPIC proportions that Jennifer Lopez could never hope to achieve. THE.END.


Dame James Henry said...

Okay, so I will admit that J. Lo will never be as amazing as Rita Moreno, but, in all honesty, what other Latina triple threat star where they going to get to do this photo shoot? Besides, she has 100 times the personality of either Camilla Belle (who I swear to God has the same expression in each photo) or Ben Barnes. What I'm mostly pissed about is the fact that they got Cam Gigandet, Brittany Snow and ASHLEY TISDALE and you can't even see them in their respective photos. Why bother with getting such glorious up-and-coming talent if you're just going to stick them in the background?

Joshua said...

J. Lo is definitely a better dancer than Karen Olivo, who plays Anita in the current Broadway revival. The choreography was simplified for her.

Glenn said...

James, it's more because she is SO out of place amongst all these young people.

And I... didn't even notice La Tisdale and co. Lol.