Great acting and amazing singing that just captures the heart.
Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to become a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children: Liesl (Charmian Carr), Friedrich (Nicholas Hammond), Louisa (Heather Menzies-Urich), Kurt (Duane Chase), Brigittta (Angela Cartwright), Marta (Debbie Turner) and Gretl (Kym Karath). Having chased away all their previous governesses due to the strict rules and inattention of their father, Maria finds her chance to let the children be children during the absence of the Captain. The Captain brings back the Baroness (Eleanor Parker) and Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn) from a trip to Vienna and the children must face the prospect of a new mother. While the family struggles to find harmony, the looming threat of the Nazi’s get closer.
I will always have a soft spot for this film, as I presume many others will too. A film that is the definition of ‘classic’, and will remain forever in the hearts of the audience.
The acting is amazing, evoking many emotions from the audience. Andrews is just phenomenal and fits her character so well; a strong minded and outspoken personality who does as she sees fit. Her character is just so likeable and the characters of the children so lovable. The chemistry between all of them is just spot on and you can tell that they have actually gotten close to each other. The acting brings out the sincerity of the characters which may well be why this film is able to transcend time. Though there are some little awkward/cheesy moments in some scenes, but those are easily forgettable.
The songs and the way they were sung and executed is just perfect. Disney is phenomenal at making songs to match the lively moods of films and the lyrics are so catchy. I hadn’t really known the lyrics to ‘Do Re Mi’ before, but after paying attention to it again, it’s pretty clever.
The landscapes are so beautiful and the cinematography does it justice with great panning, aerial shots and the full use of spacing.
It is truly amazing how this film has transcended decades and just celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary. A film that gains new fans every year and I hope it will never run out of popularity. With an emphasis on family and love, this is truly a majestic film.
PROS: Acting, songs, sincerity, evokes emotions
CONS: Bit awkward/cheesy in some scenes
I give this a 9/10.
Have you seen The Sound of Music? Well you should, go and watch it now!
I leave you with my favourite song and scene from the film: