There’s a reason this film is one of the greatest musical movies ever made; timeless, effervescent, captivating, lavish – all words which could describe The Sound Of Music’s astonishing longevity and popularity. Utterly enchanting decades down the line, you’re a hard-hearted person if you don’t enjoy this one.
Aww shucks, gee-willikers, boy-howdy: Oklahoma! is a squeeze-bowl of good ol’ Americana, catchy tunes and wonderful cinematography. The R&H musical takes flight in this dazzling, lavish, brilliantly executed example of the Hollywood musical genre done right, with solid leading performances, nice ensemble work, and some terrific visual motifs threaded throughout. Like a surrey with a fringe on top, Oklahoma! is textured with standout production value that serves to frame this catchy, whistle-ready soundtrack and delightfully uplifting (if paper-thin) story.