Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. 1965.
Viewed: Friday, March 1st
Who hadn’t seen it: Brad
This is the one that got us started. How could it be that anyone over 25 hasn’t seen this film? Even by accident? The missed cultural references alone would have been worth spending the three hours years ago. In case you’re one of the seven US citizens that hasn’t seen this, let’s do a rundown.
Maria (Julie Andrews) is a high-spirited nun-in-training who’s called to serve as a governess for the children of a widowed former Austrian war hero. The incorrigible seven children grow to love Maria as she wins them over with music and kindness, and then the strict Captain von Trapp (Christopher) falls for her as well. There is also a subplot about the looming war and the Nazi pressure for the Captain to report to active duty for Germany.
Brad: The embarrassing thing is not that I hadn’t seen The Sound of Music before (musicals we not part of my upbringing), the embarrassing thing is that it took Seth MacFarlane’s hacky bit at the recent Oscars to spark my interest to finally get off my duff and see this classic (and subsequently to start this project. Please don’t abandon us just yet). As the joke proceeding Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer’s introduction fell flat, I turned to Monica and said, “Let me guess, that’s how The Sound of Music ends, right?” Like a lot of people from our over-programmed generation, I get most of the pop culture references I get without a having any real experience of the item being referenced. I’m a bit of an oaf, but with great context clue comprehension. Let’s change this. I not only want to get the reference, I want to know that I get it. Kind of like the pop culture version of showing your work with an algebraic problem.