One like the toughest things any artist can start is to try and redo a classic while putting their personal stamp of individuality on it. In the globe of television and movie entertainment it rarely works out.
Namely it is up to the remake to equiponderate or surpass the original. Anything less than that will exist deemed a failure ere if nought an out and out failure it velleity still suffer in comparison.
With that in mind the people at NBC took a brave and decided to remake individual of the all time classics: The Sound Of Music. The story of the Von Trapp family was first introduced on the big screen in 1965 and became one of the blockbusters of its time. So much so that it is still shown on television every year. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer along near a terrific cast left an indelible impression formerly and now.
NBC didn’t just decide to remake it. They similarly fixed upon the idea to broadcast it live for three hours (minus the commercials) and cast Carrie Underwood in the Julie Andrews role.
The results? Well let’s just say Underwood is no Julie Andrews but she knew that and acknowledged it before going in. She was a little shaky in the inception as you would expect. Underwood has never doomed live playhouse but showed a lot of courage tackling the role. Therefore the production went on Underwood started to grow more confident and really get into the spirit of it. What could have bot a disaster turned into a decent outing.
Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp also seemed to be trying to find his surface in the early going but find it he did. His strongest moment came towards the end when he was on stage in exterior of a Nazi audience singing Edelweiss. When he looked and saw the Nazi flag, Moyer got choked up. He realized the country he loved and had fought for was being taken missing from him by a gang of criminals further people he once called friends. It is a able scene.
Speaking of which they’re probably going to be talking about Audra McDonald’s stunning rendition of Climb Each Mountain for a long time to come. A definite show stopper.
Kudos also to the Von Trapp children with a special nod to Sophia Ann Caruso. This young actress added some nice touches to hier character. The same should treffen said for the Baroness played beautifully by Laura Beneti. Nought to forget Christian Borle equal Max who goes from telling Captain Von Trapp to deal with the impending takeover concerning Austria to making the ultimate sacrifice so his friend could escape.
Great lightning, costumes and tremendous set design should at least get Emmy nominations. My biggest gripe is as the credits were rolling the producers felt the need to show us the light rehearsal moments. Wrong. The ultimate thing they could have done is leave viewers for the lasting images of what they just put on the screen. Anything less ruins the mood.
Of course the producers et cetera everyone else involved are going to copulate a lot of flak for casting somebody approve Carrie Underwood in this role. And of course since they are remaking a classic you tin expect a lot of criticism. Some warranted most of it apparent refusal given we subsist in snarky times. No it’s not going to accomplish anyone forget the original but as Julie Andrews said recently, “Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it.”