The Sound of Music, 1965
Signed up the 25/04/2017
What else is there to say about the most popular musical of all time that hasn’t already been said in the last 50 years or so? Absolutely everything. I want to kick myself sometimes because I wish I had known about it and watched it sooner so I could really understand the hype. One of the most referenced movies of all time, The Sound of Music is more than just a musical, it’s an experience, a feeling, and definitely one of my favourite things I’ve watched.
Most of the songs sang I didn’t know I’ve known most my life – like:
“Do – a dear, a female deer
Re – a drop of golden sun
Me – a name, I call myself
Far – a long, long way to run”
“I am sixteen going on seventeen
I know that I’m naïve
Fellows I meet may tell me I’m sweet
And willingly I believe”
Although it’s a three-hour long movie, one of the reasons I like it is because it doesn’t drag. Being a person that has trouble concentrating for long periods of time, I need something that captures me the first few moments and moves at a good pace, each scene being meaningful but also connecting without taking from the essence of the story. It encapsulates everything into one – romance, thrill, action, drama, music and dance. I enjoy that the songs repeat throughout the movie. It’s not a predictable sequence but a great addition to the movie. It’s very audience friendly because the songs are catchy and by the second half, you are able to sing along to the tunes and really get into it with the cast.
The cast? Nothing out of the ordinary, except that Julie Andrews comes into her own with her character as Maria – the nun who is sent to be a governess in the home of a retired Naval Captain Von Trapp, with seven children. She brings life and music into the Von Trapp home and falls in love with the Captain, who is stern and strict, but softens up due to Maria’s presence. Portrayed by Christopher Plummber, who plays a man 20 years his senior, Plummber looks ravish and dapper. Whilst in later years Mr. Plummber said his role in the movie as The Captain was “awful, sentimental and gooey” and found aspects of working in the movie “unpleasant” except working with Julie Andrews, it’s still good to know how that didn’t diminish his presence in the film
Obviously written for stage and adapted into film (which was the highest grossing film at some point), I initially had a qualm with musicals after watching Chicago and thinking that I would’ve preferred it better on stage because of how dramatic it is, however, in retrospect, The Sound of Music made me appreciate musicals of the 2000s like Chicago. I don’t know whether it’s because The Sound of Music is relatively old, but cinematography and costume & set design weren’t much of an issue for me. As a low budget and unconvincing as it may seem, it generally works really well.
The Sound of Music was daring at a time people didn’t understand musicals on film. Now in 2017, many decades after its release, people still speak of this movie with the same glow and passion they had the first time they watched it. Which brings me to my question – what else is there to be said about it, except that it’s a film of the ages. Film fanatic or not, the answer is yes to The Sound of Music.
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