A Worthy Try
This was a good try, and I enjoyed it. However, in the long run, it only served to illustrate how brilliant the movie was. My main gripe with this production was how it cut out all of my favorite scenes. Sitting on the Pinecone? Children in the trees? Edelweiss with the Captain and the Children? The Puppet show? The confrontation between the Baroness and Maria? I understand that some things had to be cut due to time, but still it’s a shame. Of course they could not do the Do Re Mi travelogue. I don’t fault them for that. I appreciate how they included the witty and catchy “How Can Love Survive”, but was sad to lose “I Have Confidence.” The mother Superior’s rendition of “Climb every Mountain” was weak. Peggy Wood’s was so incredibly moving. Yes, I know it was dubbed by someone else. I kept listening and looking for the lines, the expressions, the little touches that I remember with such fondness. All gone. I thought the casting was fine. Both leads had great voices, and the acting was good, although it was missing a lot of the humor that made the movie so charming.
Two changes I did like, was that Rolf did not blow his whistle and let the Von Trapps escape when he saw Liesl. Another change was that Max was arrested at the end. The supreme irony considering his go along to get along attitude throughout.**7 out of 10**
November 13, 2018