Repeat Watch: The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music, based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name, hit the big screen in 1965. The film starred Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp and Julie Andrews as Maria, the governess of Captain Von Trapp's seven children. The film follows the Von Trapp family as Maria comes into their home and as Germany begins to occupy Austria in the late 1930's. The film went on to win five of their ten Academy Award nominations, most notably winning the awards for Best Picture and Best Music. While I know it's an Academy Award winner, there are quite a few reasons I believe this movie is worth watching again and again.
1) The Music
Honestly, if this isn't the first reason why, I don't know what would be. All of the music is absolutely beautiful, and like most musicals, the lyrics are clever and meaningful. "My Favorite Things" and "Do-Re-Mi" are two of the more lively, fun songs that stick with the audience. However, songs like "I Have Confidence" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" harken to the themes of faith and courage that run throughout the film. Plus, if "The Sound of Music" doesn't have you singing along at the top of your lungs, I would be surprised. The music adds so much life to the story and emphasizes many of the themes presented.
2) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews is absolutely phenomenal in this role, and she is one of the primary reasons I love to watch this film over and over again. Her voice is absolutely memorizing, but this role goes beyond her musical abilities. She is also hilarious with her inability to hold her tongue and the physical humor she exhibits. I honestly laugh every time she hastens into the Abbey at the beginning and every time she sits on that ridiculous pine cone. She's absolutely delightful in the role, and she delivers on the hilarious as well as the heartwarming.
3) The Themes
Yes, The Sound of Music is full of wonderful songs, and it has the touching love story component between Maria and the Captain. However, in watching this again recently, it is the smaller messages in the story that impact me greatly. It's the bravery of Maria and the faith she exhibits. It's the touching story of a father moving past his grief, and his shift to being an involved and loving father always tugs at my heart. However, the growing tension for Captain Von Trapp as Nazi ideals begin to infiltrate Austria is a part of the story that also cannot be missed. In the face of that system, he refuses to be apart of it. He stands his ground against a vicious ideology, and at the end of the day, he's willing to smuggle his whole family out of the country rather than succumb to such a power.
In case you cannot tell, I truly love this film. I love every part of it from the message to the music, and I have many fond memories of watching this movie over and over again at my grandmother's house. It was one of her favorite films, and as I grow older, I understand why. She undoubtedly passed on her love for this film to me, and I’m certainly glad that she did. The Sound of Music is a fun movie for the whole family, although I do apologize for all the songs that will be stuck in your head afterward.