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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Faulty Memory

Have you ever remembered something from your childhood fondly, but then, when you revisited it as an adult, you wondered ‘what the hell was I thinking?!’

I had a moment like that a couple of weekends ago.

You know this year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie, West Side Story, right? Well, it does. I remember seeing it when I was a kid. I loved it! The music, the dancing, the sweet, sweet story of star-crossed lovers…

I even sang There’s a Place for Us for a high school musical audition. I sang it badly, mind you, but my willingness to be humiliated in front of a room full of 15-18-year-olds is testament to how much I loved that song.

So, naturally, I wanted my daughter, who loves theater and musicals, to see this amazing, wonderful piece of cinema… I wanted to enrich her childhood, as mine had been enriched.

What the hell was I thinking?!

It was terrible. Really, really terrible.

First of all, it was about an hour too long. The acting was atrocious. The make-up, appalling. Some of the singing and dancing was good, but some, not so much. And the story? Good lord. How did I not remember how cheesy and ridiculous it was? And that it took place in 24 hours (which is how long the movie felt)?

I was reminded, however, the first time Tony told Maria he loved her, ten minutes after they met. My nearly-thirteen-year-old hollered at the screen (the first of several times), “You don’t even know each other! Stop it!”

She’s got some sense, that one does.

And I guarantee she won’t be showing West Side Story to her kid on its 80th anniversary.


We'd have rather watched the cats.

6 comments:

rosaria williams said...

Oh yes, I can relate to this one.

Ronda's Rants said...

So true. Some of those love songs from the 60's and 70's don't hold up so well either! I thought they were romantic...some could be the theme song for a terrible stalker-from-hell movie!

Sometimes Sophia said...

But what about Officer Krupke? Ryan must have liked that scene...

I think the Jet/Shark ballet is great, too. The lyrics may have grown stale, but the score (overall) is terrific.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I am totally laughing here. I went through that very same thing. And you are so right...it was cheesy!
Ha
Hugs
SueAnn

Introverted Art said...

I am laughing my tail off. SO funny! I think we all can remember of those little things we thought were so wonderful, but then it just isn't ;-)

hebba said...

I watched CATS on Ovation a while back and had to use Google to figure out what the heck was going on! (once I figured out it didnt really have a storyline, I was ok)