As part of the Musicals Challenge
Director: Robert Wise
Release Date: March 2, 1965
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
Most people are shocked when I tell them that I have never seen The Sound of Music. They act as if I am missing out on something spectacular, something life affirming. And I have to say there were right.
This musical is terrifyingly beautiful. It is a vision of an Austria on the verge of being taken over by the 3rd Reich. A country that no longer rules on its own, but instead is under the thumb of those whose ideals are clouded and twisted. But even underneath the smoke and cloud cover, love can be found and ultimately…music. After all, the hills are alive with it.
When I first say Mary Poppins as a child, I fell in love with Julie Andrews and have continued our love affair ever since. Seeing her in this musical, with the grand Christopher Plummer, made me love and adore her so much more. Her character, Maria, has so much heart and so many convictions that it is almost impossible to not only root for her, but to get up and sing along with her.
I am so glad that I can finally say: I love The Sound of Music