Rita Moreno, West Side Story
Very often, my favorite stars or characters in a film aren’t even the leads. It happens so often that I’ve even asked myself, “What is your problem with leads??!” Naturally, there are exceptions, but peg me as one who is drawn to the colorful, fun, and sometimes off beat stars who give a film it’s pulse. Stars like, you guessed it, Rita Moreno.
And what a pulse she gives everything she touches!
While the entire cast, directing, writing, and production of West Side Story (Amazon Link) is exceptional and the movie soars from start to finish, without Rita Moreno it doesn’t even get off the ground. I suspect everyone tied to the film realized it.
How could they not?!
Love the America Number (So much SASS!)
For a refresher, watch the video below. Outstanding cast.
West Side Story: America