One of the greatest, if not the greatest of the classic musicals. This film never fails to make me smile. It is so romantic and uplifting, and I love it with my entire soul!
Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: George Hurdalek and Howard Lindsay
Starring: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer
Genre: Musical, Drama
Runtime: 172 Minutes
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Set in 1930s Austria, aspiring Nun Maria takes a job as a governess to seven children in the household of authoritarian Captain Von Trapp. After a bumpy start, Maria and the children form a deep bond, she teaches them to sing and dance, much to the initial disapproval of their father. The captain brings home a Baroness from Vienna he intends to marry, but slowly finds himself falling for his joyful young governess instead. All the while in the background, Austria is facing the increasing threat of invasion from the German army.
Some films are like a big warm hug with a blanket. And this is one of those films. It has been a favourite of mine since I was a child, when I was too young to really understand what the Captain was really fighting against. Now as an adult, armed with the knowledge of the terrible things the Nazis did, I can respect the Captian even more for the stand he took and the risks he took to keep his family safe and to stay tru to what he believed in.
Christopher Plummer played the role of Captain von Trapp brilliantly. From the Military stiffness he exudes in the beginning of the film right through to the emotional performance of Edelweiss at the end, Plummer shows a great variety of personality and will go down as one of my all time greatest movie crushes of all time. And what can you say about the eternal gracefulness that is the musical queen Julie Andrews. This is exactly how I will always remember her, not as Mary Poppins as most people, but as the plucky, hopeful Austrian governess.
I have never managed to find a stage production of this film that gives me the same feeling of euphoria as wathing this film does. It is so inspiring and hopeful, one of the real classics of the musical genre. Sure some of the acting from the children can be a little shaky, they were incredibly young, but for the most part it is such a wholesome experience, and one that everyone should have at least once. But trust me, if you see it once, it will capture your heart and you will go back for more.
This is an old classic, but if you haven’t already seen it or own it, you can rent it on Amazon for £3.49 or buy for £5.99. And I highly recommend that you do!!