Spielberg’s West Side Story Analysis: A white/Latino Political Love Story

If Spielberg’s intention is to give America a sense of racial harmony in his remake of West Side Story, and to sway minority voters to the liberal side, his attempt will be futile. In fact, it will only push voters toward the conservative side. Here’s why.

Spielberg’s West Side Story Analysis: A white/Latino Political Love Story

If Spielberg’s intention is to give America a sense of racial harmony in his remake of West Side Story, and to sway minority voters to the liberal side, his attempt will be futile. In fact, it will only push voters toward the conservative side. Here’s why.

The country is living in fear right now; political fear, and not in the mode for love. Of course, love is all you need, but in the current political climate, hate has become prominent. The line is extremely thin and people’s vision of race relations are blurred. All it takes is one offensive push to one or the other side. This movie will push Latinos toward the conservative side because they fear being lumped in with Blacks right now.

Spielberg should have remade Orwell’s 1984 at this point in time in American history. He could have shown Americans the danger of authoritarianism instead of a love story that will only make Latinos feel worthy of white love.

Regardless of how many critics praise the update to the 1961 musical, this remake is not apolitical; in fact, it is all-political, and on a serious racial level. Spielberg, being one of America’s beloved liberal Hollywood producers, has produced the perfect plot to draw Latino voters into the Republican Party by giving them a false sense of comradery among whites.

It is a subliminal submission to whitely, Americanize immigrants by seeing themselves as a not so threatening force to be reckoned with by white America. Remember, in the end of the original West Side Story, though some died, love won over and a truce was made between the white gang and the Puerto Rican gang.

Also, there were no Black people in the original movie, which also sends whites and Latinos into another big lie and an illusion of a country devoid of Blacks, or powerless Blacks, who are beneath those who have farer skin as portrayed in the new movie. 

However, Spielberg decided to include a Black actor (Curtiss Cook) in the movie to reflect the times of the 50s, even though the Black guy had to be written in. People are not stupid, they are wide awake, and this movie will tilt the political scale more heavily toward white domination as another dog whistle to the country on race and politics.

Listening to the song “America” in the movie also exposes the maniacal plot to divide Latino families among gender lines. While the women undermine life in Puerto Rico and praise life in “America,” the men are telling the truth about America’s deep, racial divide. But as long as the political gatekeepers have their way, the females will go one direction and the males will reluctantly follow, if it means they are not placed in the same boat as Blacks.

Again, this is nothing more than a subtle attempt to win the hearts and minds of Latino Americans by placing them along side whites in a political love story. Promising them solidarity and a social and political boost in society if they vote among republican party lines in the 2022 midterms.
Here is one such review that praises the movie which will make it lovable by whites and Latinos.