“The hills are alive with the sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years.”
When Maria a nun leaves the convent to become a governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, she never expected to fall in love with him. A truly incredible musical that really does have so many incredible musical numbers.
I have seen this film just hundreds of times, and really do know it word of word (thats not just the songs). I grew up watching this film and still love it as much as I did when I was little to now. It still manages to make me smile and happy whenever I watch it (and even cry in parts) but it really is just a perfect musical. I am always shocked when someone says they have never seen it before, I always assume that everyone has seen ‘The Sound of Music’ at least once. Yes, I am a musicals geek but that didn’t really happen until ‘Chicago” but I have always loved this film.
Well incase people don’t know anything about the story. Maria (Julie Andrews) is a nun who is sent from the convent to be a governess for Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), for his seven children, yes seven. The story runs along with a musical number everyone know and then. With words which just stick in your head and very easy to remember and sing-a-long to after a couple of viewings.
So the children do not like Maria to begin with, but this is just an attempt to get attention from their father. Maria soon begins to teach the children how to sing. Captain Von Trapp is not happy with this to begin with but then realises that Maria has brought music and so much more to the house.
I think that even on your first viewing you would find yourself joining in with the singing, especially with “Doe a dear . . .” as she teaches the children you could join in too. It really is such a family feel-good movie, and it never fails to make me smile whenever I watch it. I could watch it over and over again and still be happy and sing-a-long.
Julie Andrews is just so perfect I really could not imagine anyone else on the screen in this role. She has the whole innocent qualities of Maria. I think the age Julie was at and with her still being new to the film industry at the time.
Other than the musical numbers and the nazi plot, there is a lovely love story also in the movie. Between Maria and the Captain. Its just so lovely. I love the way love was potrayed in the movies, with the lighting shinning brighter on the faces and making the women look so radient and beautiful. Not really having even kissing in the movies, just a kinda of hug/kiss thing, and definatly no sex. Which most of the time is a plus in my opinion in love stories, more sex is less sex. It lets you make your own mind up about things rather than having too much nudity or visual sex.
I know thats just the changing times and everything but sometimes that is a good thing, and these classics will go on forever. As this seems to be a movie that is passed from generation to generation and always seems to be on TV during holiday times so always has a chance of being seen by younger people.
Anyway, the sound of music is not only a fantastic musical but a fantastic movie overall it has so many different things going on it, from growing up, first love, marriage, the church, nazi’s and singing.
It really is just brilliant!