Posted by: jeffbabl | May 5, 2011

West Bank Review

Since I was in California when the rest of my class wrote a review for the film and I was unable too, I decided to take a stab at it.

West Bank Story was directed by Ari Sandel and won an Academy Award in 2007 for best live action short film. West Bank Story is about the strain in the Middle East, specifically in Palestine and Israel.   The film poked fun often at the stereotypes of the two groups, and did it with such great humor.  Musicals are not for everyone, including myself, but West Bank Story used it affectively to lighten the seriousness of the conflict. Two conflicting ethnic groups brought together by the forbidden love of two young members from each group, al la Romeo and Juliet.

West Bank Story is a short parody the classic musical West Side Story and just like West Side Story the plotline is fairytale in nature.  A rapunzel and prince charming reference is also made which begins to make West Bank start to lose it message, but Sandel and crew rebound nicely and put 20 minutes of quality plot line and dialogue, on a set that resembled a Middle East dessert. Despite the anti climatic ending, Beverley Hills, the musical tackled a much bigger issue promoting peace and not war in the Middle East, blending fairytale and humor well the folks in Israel lived happily ever after.



  1. Glad you got to take a shot at this! Keep on blogging.

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