One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music” is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing the title song. Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, the Mother Superior sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp.
Arriving at the Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children virtual automatons – at least, whenever the Captain is around. Otherwise, the kids are holy terrors, as evidenced by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses. But Maria soon ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesle, who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf. As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Eleanor Parker). But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song “Something Good.”
Unhappily, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria. Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesle’s boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the “glories” of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer. The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria.
This is a classic movie for a reason. It has all of the elements of a great story. Maria doesn’t fit in at the convent and both she and the other nuns don’t think that she’d make a good nun. So, in order to solve a problem like Maria, they send her to be a governess, where she takes her first crack at taking care of children. Her techniques are unorthodox, but in the end she wins the favor of both the kids and the captain. All of the original music is brilliant and it fits every part of the movie. The scenery is breathtaking and the acting is amazing as well. All in all, “The Sound of Music” is a wonderful movie.