Last night, I watched the movie of King and I. So far, I have not disliked a single Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Coming into King and I, I already knew “Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Shall We Dance”, and “Getting to Know You”. I knew that Anna comes to Siam to teach the king’s several wives and children.
This movie was a really well-done movie. I really loved the character of Anna. She is such a strong-willed women and love that she learns to love all of the King’s children. She always has problems with the King since he is so stern and strict. The King is very stern and feels like Anna is a very difficult woman. This scenario reminds me of the Captain and Maria. In Sound of Music, the Captain is also strict and feels like Maria is a difficult woman. In both situations, the two learn to accept each other’s differences. But the main difference is that the Captain and Maria fall in love while the King and Anna don’t. I also loved the King’s children. Similar to Maria, Anna becomes a teacher which is like Maria becoming a governess.
The acting was incredible as well. The actors playing both Anna and the King of Siam were incredible. Both were believable in their roles. Even though the King and Anna never get into a romantic relationship, they still form some kind of relationship. There is a romantic relationship that happens in King and I, which is a sub-plot and that reminds me of two Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals. It has the tragic nature of the romance between Liat and Joe Cable and also reminds me of the relationship between Liesl and Raouf especially in the scene when one of the wives sneaks out to be with her boyfriend. All of the parallels that happen in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals is interesting. Even though there happens to be parallels, the plots have never been predictable.
The costumes were incredible. The costumes shown on Anna and the King, his wives and children really show the difference in culture. The costumes of the King, his wives and the children had very colorful costumes. Anna’s costumes were more simple representing the fact that she is from England.
In this movie, you kind of learn about the culture of Siam. Some of the roles the King has does not make sense to me like why does the King’s head always have to higher than everyone else’s and why do children always have to bow to the king on the floor. Siam is current Thailand. I obviously loved the songs I knew coming into the musical, but I fell in love with some of the newly discovered ones.
So far, I have liked every single Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. My favorite one is still by far Sound of Music followed closely by South Pacific. They are one of my favorite composer and lyricist teams.