5 You don't have to be in America to enjoy this film!jamespearce91 | 28/12/2008 | See all jamespearce91's reviews (6)West Side Story is a fantastic musical film mixing American gang crime with a storyline that Shakespeare himself would be proud of. Set in Manhattan, opposing gangs - the 'Sharks' and the 'Jets', are constantly battling over the ground they both want, while Tony, an ex-gang member, falls in love with Maria, sister of the opposing gang's leader. Doesn't this dangerous love sound familiar? But when the gangs war for the last two times, who evades the blade and who is left for dead?I've been studying this for A2 Media and after seeing it a few times I can vouch for its fantastic storyline, brilliant cinematography and amazing characters. Plus, let us not forget that this is a musical. The dance sequences are fabulous to watch and the songs are as memorable as ever.A real must for any musical fans as this was the pivotal point in the world of musical, developing the genre from the lightness of the early films to the darker plots of 1961.Definitely worth 5 stars.