Classics Review: The Sound Of Music

Many years ago, two playwrights named Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, wrote successful broadway musicals during the 1940’s to 1950’s. The plays they’ve directed, written and produced including “The King & I,”  “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” and last but not least, “The Sound Of Music.”

As a result of big ticket sales and critical acclaim, the duo received numerous awards from several award ceremonies such as The Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, & a Pulitzer Prize.

Due to popularity of their work, major movie studios seek to adapt their broadway hits into full length feature motion pictures. Two notable plays were adapted into films were Oklahoma and The King & I.

I’ve decided to review one of their masterpieces which is none other than The Sound Of Music. The reason why I wanted to look back at this, is because legendary Oscar winner, Julie Andrews (Marry Poppins, The Princess Diaries) has released a Netflix series called “Julie’s Greenroom,” and a Mary Poppins sequel is in development with Emily Blunt replacing her due to her age and her singing ability doesn’t work as it used to be. (she had throat surgery)

The film adaptation of The Sound Of Music was released in 1965, the year Robert Downey Jr. was born. At the time of its release, the film made a lot of revenue at the box office with a total of $286 million dollars. Adjusted for inflation, the film made $2 billion dollars. In the words of the late Chris Farley, “Holy Schnikes!”

At the time of its release, the film received mixed reviews from critics, this didn’t stop the film from becoming a total disaster due to many movie goers who absolutely adored it with their families.

The movie went on earn award nominations including a win Golden Globe for Best Musical Or Comedy & another win for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Fun Fact: This is one of Seth MacFarlane’s favorite films. He would often make a few references to the movie on Family Guy.

The following article contains no SPOILERS. 

Perfect Pitch: Performances from The Cast, especially Julie Andrews who did an excellent job for her acting and also her singing ability is like the voice of an angel. Christopher Plummer also did an outstanding job for his performance as Captain Von Trapp.

The Opening Scene starts out strong.

The Songs from the musical are memorable and catchy.

The Choreography didn’t look clumsy at all.

Cinematography doesn’t contain any shaky cam filmed by the cameraman. Thank goodness he isn’t a coffee addict.

Character Development involving Maria & Captain Von Trapp and their chemistry together.

Now that we live in the DVD & Blu Ray era, you are now able to skip the intermission segment to pick up the pace.

The Ending was bittersweet. I won’t tell you how it ends, you’ll have to see for yourself.

Tone Death: It’s difficult to remember the kids and their names, except for Lisa the oldest. And I thought remembering the thirteen dwarfs from The Hobbit was very hard.

An optional con for me is Lisa’s boyfriend’s name is Rolf. Whenever I hear that name, I think of the farmer from Ed Edd N Eddy.

Another nitpick is after a big kiss from one of the lead characters, she squeed out loud. It sounded like a cat getting his tail stomped. I unintentionally laughed out loud.

Von Trapp’s buddy Max, said a word in front of the kids that something Donald Trump would say to Billy Bush during his “locker room talk.” When I was in elementary school, I first watched this with my classmates in music class, that was the first time I’ve ever heard of that word. As Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic would say, “You know for kids!”

The Final Verdict: B as in Brilliant.

It’s one of those movies that don’t have to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator. (L.C.D. for short) Despite the teeny tiny flaws, I enjoyed it. If you’re a parent, uncle, aunt, or grandparent, I highly recommend it for the entire family. I promise you won’t regret it. This is the time to introduce your kids to classics so they will forever be remembered from one generation after another. So what are you waiting for, give it a shot!

2 thoughts on “Classics Review: The Sound Of Music

  1. As for the children: they are Gretl, Marta, Brigetta, Kurt, Louisa, Fredrich, and Liesl. Those are their names. Sound of Music: that musical entered my life in elementary school through the movie. The songs are so memorable and so family friendly and so meaningful

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