It’s not often these days we get musicals so honest, patient, or robust; but when we travel back in time a bit, we manage to find those that represent those words.
“The Sound of Music” has it all-comedy, drama, romance, suspense, and most importantly of all-music. This wonderful movie for all ages is adapted from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Broadway play, as well as the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Director Robert Wise takes his time to allow the audience to get to know everyone and their ambitions, as well as the dramatic situations that pop up.
Julie Andrews gives one of her most extraordinary performances as Maria, a young nun, who can’t help but sing to her heart’s content. She is sent to be the governess of the seven children of retired navel officer Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). He runs his house as if he was still in the navy, and that’s why his children are given stern discipline. Maria still sees them as children, so she is able to show them the joys of life, with the help of songs (“My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi”) of course.
The romance side of “The Sound of Music” is how Maria loves the Captain, but he is with another woman-the Baroness (Eleanor Parker). They decide they aren’t right for each other, so the Captain and Maria admit their love for each other. Most of these kind of love stories these days are annoying and routine, but not this one. Oh No. It’s drawn with the kind of heart and love it deserves.
And the suspenseful side is when WWII hits Austria, and Captain von Trapp refuses to be apart of the Holocaust. He even has to tear the Swastika clothe on his house. He, Maria, and their children have to make their escape, but first they must perform in Austria, as the von Trapp Family Singers. Before, after, and during is when you really keep at the edge of your seat; and that’s what I did when I saw it.
I love “The Sound of Music” for all the wonderful things it possesses. The story is perfect, the music makes me want to dance, and the chemistry between Andrews and Plummer is robust. Looking back at old musicals makes me feel good on the inside.
My family loves this movie, too, and I am more than happy to share my opinion of this movie. This is a movie that must be seen in any generation.
Playing at select locations at 2 and 7pm today and this Wednesday.