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.

Tarik Clavier

About Miss Thomas

I am an English teacher at The City Academy, Hackney.

4 responses »

  1. Grace says:

    It’s a decent musical, and I used to love it as a child. I think that it’s not so much that “The Sound of Music” doesn’t appeal to the younger generation, but rather that older musicals in general are perceived as boring. You see a lot more success with musicals like Sweeney Todd that have darker themes, or musicals that have more of a poppy and upbeat sound. A lot of people think that the soundtracks to older musicals are cheesy.

  2. guyman120 says:

    I agree, however the point of this text was to underline the fact that percieved “classics” by the older generation are not as stalwart as they use to be.

  3. Miss Thomas says:

    It would be interesting to see a remake of this musical with an all-star cast. Do you think it could share the box office success of Mamma Mia?

  4. lorenzowebster says:

    I think it’s reallly boring but the songs are catchy.

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