The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is one of those films that stays with you for more than one reason.  The musical is based on the life of Maria Von Trapp.  In the film, Maria is hired as a governess for the Von Trapp children.  The seven children are all used to a very militaristic lifestyle since the passing of their mother and Maria enters their lives and teaches them the value of fun and caring for one another.  This idea initially doesn’t go over well with Captain Von Trapp until he sees how happy and well adjusted his children have become.  Captain Von Trapp eventually learns to love again because of Maria and the two of them wed and become a family.  All of this happens as the Germans are trying to take control of Austria.

The Sound of Music is a timeless classic partially because of Julie Andrews.  I can think of no other actress who can make such beautiful music with their voice and entrance us with the idea that fun should be a part of our lives.  Christopher Plummer plays a wonderful disciplinarian in The Sound of Music and as a viewer, every time I see this film I wonder whether someone that cold and removed from life can ever be as truly happy as he becomes.  The stage presence of both Plummer and Andrews is magnetic.  I found myself speechless because the chemistry between the two characters was undeniable and a joy to watch.  This film is inspiring in a way because it teaches you how to make to bring the best out in other people.  In the end, the film is not about how Maria falls in love and builds a family; it is about the power of togetherness and supporting those who matter to you.  I believe the scene where this is most effectively shown happens towards the end of the film.  Maria and the Von Trapp family are trying to escape and avoid the Germans and Max, a friend of Captain Von Trapp chooses to aid the family in their escape rather than rat them out and attempt to spare himself.  The power of such crucial choices gives the film its weight.  While I doubt small children will grasp this concept, it is definitely something adults can sympathize with and find value in.

The music of Rogers and Hammerstein is something that I believe will capture the imagination of children.  I think the music is the central thing within the film that I recall most about it.  The songs used in this film build memories for children.  Adults I am sure can fondly recall their love for the songs sung by Julie Andrews.  Ultimately, The Sound of Music is a family experience and that is what makes it a timeless classic and a film everyone should own.

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