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The Staff

If Steven Spielberg had just decided to do a straightforward cover version of West Side Story, it still would have been a wonder of music, movement, and color. But more than the lush camerawork and impassioned performances from Rachel Zegler, Mike Faist, and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, this adaptation is most memorable for its renewed focus on the senselessness of its central turf war. Here, New York City exercises absolute power over the Jets and the Sharks, rendering all this gang violence as a futile attempt to hold on to outdated values in the face of economic desolation. Spielberg might not be able to do much about the story’s weaker Romeo and Juliet-inspired parts, but he still finds a way to let this often ridiculed tragic romance serve a greater purpose.

1. You can watch
West Side Story (2021)
on
HBO Max

Price:
 $14.99 per month
Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

HBO Max is a subscription-based on-demand platform that is only available in the US. New subscribers pay $15 a month, with an annual subscription option also available.

When you subscribe, you’ll get HBO’s world-class exclusives, such as The Wire and Game of Thrones but HBO MAX also functions as a bundle: you’ll get content from DC, Criterion Collection, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, Turner Classic Movies, and Crunchyroll.

Most mobile devices that can stream video support HBO Max, although there is yet no app for Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.

2. You can watch
West Side Story (2021)
on
Disney+

Price:
 $6.99 per month
Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox
Disney Plus launched to much anticipation in 2019 and gained over 10 million subscribers within its first day on the market. Currently, Disney Plus sits alongside Hulu and ESPN Plus as the Walt Disney Company's three primary streaming platforms for the US market. In 2021, Disney Puls reported 100 million subscribers worldwide.

3. You can watch
West Side Story (2021)
on
Vudu

Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Chromecast, iOS, LG Smart TV, Playsation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, TiVo, Vizio, Xbox, Xfinity Flex
Vudu is an on-demand streaming service that allows users to rent or purchase more than 200,000 new releases. Founded in 2007, it's one of the first companies to offer digital films in HD. Vudu's main strength is its ease of access and jam-packed catalog of movies and TV shows, but it also boasts free content, which they run on ads. In 2020, media and ticketing firm Fandango acquired Vudu and merged both companies' streamers into one. They decided to keep the Vudu name because of its vast and loyal customer base.

4. You can watch
West Side Story (2021)
on
Crave

Price:
 $9.99 per month
Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Bell Streamer, Chromecast, iOS, LG Smart TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Website, Xbox
Crave is a Canadian subscription service founded in 2014 that gives users exclusive access to US titles and theater releases, as well as original shows, live content, and Canada-only movies and series. In particular, the service has a deal with studios Warner Bros. and Paramount, and with channels HBO, HBO Max, Showtime, Comedy Central, and MTV, so you can be sure to find the most in-demand releases on the service. Crave plans start at $9.99/month for single users, while the premium package costs $19.99/month.
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