Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Sound of Music
Where You Can Stream It: Disney+
The Pitch: A trouble-making postulant (Julie Andrews) at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain (Christopher Plummer) with seven children, where she reintroduces music and love back into their lives.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: It may be strange to want to revisit the movie that Christopher Plummer notoriously hated in the aftermath of the acting legend’s passing, but The Sound of Music has long been for me akin to one of those comforting things that Julie Andrews sings about in one of the film’s most beloved songs. It’s trite, yes. It’s sentimental to a fault. But I dare you not to be charmed by Andrews’ buoyant performance, to not be awed by the film’s sweeping CinemaScope cinematography, and to not swoon at Plummer’s most dashing role.