Confession: My favorite movie of all time is The Sound Of Music. I first watched it in my grandmother's home as a child, and it instantly hooked me. Julie Andrews blew me away with her singing and acting. The kids were enjoyable to watch. The Nazis were the ultimate bad guys. And who can forget the Nuns? They were humorous, wise, and loveable. When I look back at this film, I have to say the music was amazing, the plot was captivating, the scenery was beautiful, and the overall experience was unforgettable.
Last night I watched the live stage presentation of this story on NBC. Carrie Underwood proved once again that she can really sing. For a stage production, I thought it was well done. We must be fair here: there is no way a live presentation can compare to a movie. Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. But I tip my hat to Mrs. Underwood. She showed a lot of courage to take on the challenge, and I think she did just fine.
Back to The Sound Of Music movie: I wish more films were made like that today. The actors had talent, class, and professionalism. And the movie did not have to resort to profanity, sex, and violence to hold our attention. It was just good entertainment. Really good!
Yes, there are some great movies being made in our time. I don't want to sound like a snob who can't appreciate the entertainment of his own generation. But the fact remains that very few films come close to being even half as good as The Sound Of Music. It's a classic that will be remembered for the ages.