Runtime: 174 minutes
Directed by: Robert Wise
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies-Urich, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Ben Wright, Daniel Truhitte, Norma Varden, Gilchrist Stuart, Marni Nixon, Evadne Baker, Doris Lloyd
They don’t make musicals like this anymore. (Those words make me feel so old. Soon I’ll be saying it was better in my day…Oh wait, I already do.)
The first thing you notice about this film is the beautiful setting. It’s idyllic and dreamlike. At times, the film feels like a pantomime. It makes sense considering its roots in the theatre.
The music and, of course, the singing is fantastic. I love the songs, particularly Julie Andrews, but how can anyone not love Julie Andrews. She seems to bring a special sparkle to her roles. She seems to only be in good films or good films only have Julie Andrews.
And it isn’t only Julie Andrews. The entire cast is superb, able to convey the moment and emotion without saying a word.
It’s a lovely story, but a sub plot is insidiously weaved into it, that you’re barely aware of until it is important. The climax leaves you glued to the screen, gripping the arms of your chair.
This is a great, memorable film for all the family. I’m sure children will love singing along.
To sum up, wonderful actors, beautiful setting, superb singing, lovely story with a twist
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes