Watching The Sound of Music was one of the "15 in 2015" items that I was most looking forward to doing with the kids. I grew up on this movie, and had sung most of the popular songs from the movie to my kids since they were very small. Aside from a youtube clip on the famous puppet and yodeling scene, they didn't know much about the movie's plot, characters, nor did they tie all the songs together as being from the same film until watching.
I'm not sure how many times I've seen this movie in my lifetime, but I know it's over 10 (which seems fairly high for a movie). I tried to have restraint and not sing along to all the songs that I loved, but that barely lasted the first five minutes when Maria belts out, "the hills are alive, with the sound of music!" I sang along, and was so pleased that the kids also remembered some of the songs from their toddler years, including one we sang to them often before bed, "Edelweiss".
We watched the movie over two days, ending the first day with the Intermission, and then finishing it the following day. The kids loved this movie so much, and I was grateful they didn't get mired down in some of the more adult parts. They were somewhat bored with Goerg's and Elsa's longer scenes, but didn't seem too worse for wear overall. Lukka thought it was hilarious that Maria made the children's clothes out of curtains, and both of the kids loved the 'Do Re Mi' and 'The Lonely Goatherd' songs the most. They were practically jumping in their seats when Maria returned from the abbey. Watching the end of the movie, Lukka asked quite a few questions that led to a brief history lesson on Nazi Germany and why the VonTrapps had to escape their home in Austria.
All in all, I'm so glad I waited until the kids were a bit older to enjoy this movie with them, instead of watching it when they were too young to appreciate it. Even Ani perhaps should have been a bit older, but she sat with us engaged the whole time and loved the singing. The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies, and I'm thrilled my kids love it, too. I look forward to many musical renditions in the home, watching it or not!