MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#18 of 48) – The Sound of Music (1965) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #18 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – My parents rented this for us along with a slew of other classics wen they rented a VCR approximately around 1982.  The songs were so catchy and the story is so much fun that this easily became a favorite of mine.

“Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun. Auf Wiedersehen, darling.” – The Baroness

Number of Times Seen – No clue (video, cable, DVD, 6 Jun 2013 and 12 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young nun in training is sent to be the nanny of the 7 children of an Austrian naval Officer following his wife’s death.

My Take on it – Amazing musical that works so well the whole way through. The characters are developed really well and that helps keep things so engaging to watch. Julie Andrews is so iconic in this role and is so much fun to follow. The film is able to take a very light and comical look at some very deep and dark days during the onset of World War Two and make them so entertaining to watch. The songs of this film are extraordinary and have become staples over the years. The film is so much better than the stage version because of the way that they can expand the sets which helps make things even more realistic to watch. The way that the romance blossoms between the two main characters is done in a realistic way especially given the way that their love grows between them largely due to the way that they love and care for the children. This film was very deserving of its numerous Oscar wins that year including Best Picture and Best Director.  The film’s message about hope in seemingly hopeless situations both on a personal level and on a national one rings true even after 55 years. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Christopher Plummer intensely disliked working on this movie. He’s been known to refer to it as “The Sound of Mucus” or “S&M” and likened working with Dame Julie Andrews to “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card, every day.” Nontheless, he and Andrews have remained close friends ever since. Andrews claimed that Plummer’s cynicism probably helped his performance and this movie, keeping it from being too sentimental. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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