I've been a lifelong musical fan. I've seen this show live before when I was very young, maybe 10 or 11 (I'm 35 now). First time I've seen the movie. Really hated it. It was just so... community theater as a movie. There's something about the twirling that really erases any and all intimidating factors of either of these gangs. It was a mediocre re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, and honestly I'd take Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet over this movie any day of the week. If we need to replace it with a musical, I'd take Chicago over this one even. Really hated this movie, and I was shocked that I did. I thought this would be one of my favorites on the list.