Movie Review: The Sound of Music


Title: The Sound of Music
Release Date: 1965
Director: Robert Wise
Production Co: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Musical / Classic
Rating: ****1/2

Summary/Review: It’s hokey, a bit saccharine, and historically inaccurate, but The Sound of Music is a fine movie worthy of its classic status.  The music, the cast, the scenery, the cinematography — all wonderful.  I watched this with my three-year old son, his first “grown-up” film, over a period of three days (hopefully making up for the fact that I didn’t watch it for the first time until I was 20).  He enjoyed it as well, except for the boring parts when the Captain and the Baroness were just talking (“Where are Maria and the kids?”).  He  liked the music and we’ve been singing “Do-Re-Mi” and “The Lonely Goatheard.”  Granted, there are some challenging aspects of trying to explain the Nazis to a toddler mostly because I don’t think he has a frame of reference to understand Nazis yet.  Overall it’s a great movie and a great family experience and I’m sure we’ll watch it again.

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Emilia on 23 February 2011 at 1:50 am

    This film is beautifully embedded in our hearts.
    The Sound of Music is more like a gift to everyone.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Lauren on 18 March 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I totally agree this film is both saccharine, classic and totally great entertainment. And I think your son is right about the scenes with the Captain and Baroness Schraeder–they ARE slow–maybe because between the two characters there is never that much at stake? Anyway, if you’re interested, here’s a link to my thoughts on the film’s plot:

    http://bestdamncreativewritingblog.com/2011/01/05/eight-lessons-in-story-from-the-sound-of-music/

    Reply

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