Monday, November 22, 2010

sound of music

Gee the last time I posted anything was November 8.. not that anyone noticed, but that's probably a record as far as the length of inactivity since I began this blog.

I still have not much to say, but I'll catch up on a few things. The other day I watched The Sound of Music for the very first time in my life. Can you believe that? I've seen parts of it now and then but this was the first time I actually sat and watched the entire movie (although I did skip the intermission). It is absolutely gorgeous in Blu Ray, especially, as you might expect, the Austrian countryside.

I guess I never much cared for musicals which is why I didn't pay much attention to this movie, even though it shows up on so many people's favorites list and is considered a classic.

Well I can see why it has the reputation it does. It definitely was an entertaining movie. So different from what we are subjected to these, days, too.

I thought some parts of the movie seemed a bit simplistic, or would have been handled differently had it been made today instead of 45 years ago. For example, the Baroness accepts the Captain's rejection of her much too easily; if the movie were made today there would be much more of a catfight between her and Julie Andrews and most certainly it would have contained a fair dose of profanity as well. Somehow attorneys would have gotten involved.

The escape of the Von Trapp family at the end of the movie seemed pretty simple, too. I was thinking, if the roads were all blocked, how could they have driven that car and gotten out of Austria safely? Yet one moment they are speeding off from the convent and the next, climbing every mountain. Made today, that same scene would have been extended to include some spectacular effects, leaving nothing to the imagination.

It took me 45 years but I am glad I finally watched this movie. It was a joy to see.


donna said...

I still remember seeing it at the theatre with my parents and friend. The scenery on the big screen was spectacular. Still on my top 10.

Elisabeth L. Uyeda said...

So now, Rickie, you can attend the annual Hollywood Bowl Sing-a-long concert for Sound of Music and dress as your favorite Nazi.