THE Sound of Music is a classic film in the vast majority of male and female minds; it is a timeless tale of romance, deceit and war that smashed box office records, won scores of awards and even picked up five Oscars. Added to that, it’s been on the television for over four decades. The film, which rivals Mary Poppins for the title of “practically perfect in every way”, has embroidered its name on the hearts of virtually all its watchers, mostly the feminine. The youth, however, don’t appear be of the same mind.
Cheesy songs galore may be a recipe for success in High School Musical, but The Sound of Music doesn’t seem to strike the right chord with today’s youngsters. In a top set class at a secondary school a teacher asked whether his students had seen the film. Everyone put up their hands to say “yes”, but when asked whether they’d recommend it to him, you could literally hear the crickets.
It is a shame to see such a gem sink like a stone in the charts, but everything has its time. It seems this once outstanding tour de force is destined for the title of “practically imperfect in every way” instead.