The hills are alive with the sound of music – lyrics from a classic song from a classic film. The Sound of Music (1965) is a musical based on the true-life story of the von Trapp family, as a postulant from an Austrian abbey brings back music and life to a naval captain and his seven children when she becomes a governess to the family. Directed by Robert Wise with music from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the film stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmain Carr, Heather Menzies, Nicolas Hammond, Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Duane Chase. YouTuber Brandon from the channel BrandoCritic shares his love for the classic family musical.
Watching this movie after going through film school, I just look at every single shot and I’m just amazed with how gorgeous it looks. Yeah, you have the really romantic scenes that are just totally glamorous but just like any other mundane scene it just looks absolutely fantastic. Honestly speaking, you could probably watch this movie on mute. Yes, a musical on mute and then just look at how beautiful the movie looks.
The Sound of Music is a film the YouTuber grew up watching and even in his youth, he fell in love with the musical. There are some movies you watch in your youth and re-watch as an adult that don’t seem to hold up as well, says Brandon; however, this film is an exception. Re-watching it again through a different lens, he is able to really experience and appreciate the amazing cinematography of each scene and each shot. It is visually a stunning piece of work, according to the YouTuber.
Technicalities aside, the performances of the characters are amazing, says Brandon. He notes how well developed the two main characters Maria (Julie Andrews) and Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) are and the actor’s ability to portray an enthralling story arc as these characters move through the film. Julie Andrews is wonderful and her voice is perfect, while Christopher Plummer is super charming and charismatic, according to Brandon who credits the likeable characters to a well written script as well as a well-acted cast.
Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp are two well developed, three dimensional characters that work so well together. You can’t have a bigger juxtaposition. Maria is just so in love with life … and then Captain von Trapp is order, discipline … and they totally clash, but they come to an understanding.
Of course, we can’t forget about the music! There is a reason so many people know the lyrics to the songs in the film, says the YouTuber. Watching it again as an adult, the musical score is so much more impactful and meaningful when you are able to understand the context behind the lyrics of some of the music, according to Brandon.
The music and the songs are absolutely incredible. Everyone knows these songs for a reason. One, they’re catchy, and two, they really hitch it in the feels and totally heighten the emotional investment in every single aspect of the story.
Everything from a technical standpoint, acting standpoint and storytelling standpoint, The Sound of Music checks all the necessary boxes of a great film. One of his most favorite films, says Brandon who rates the musical a 5/5.
YouTuber Brandon from BrandoCritic rates and reviews movies and TV shows on his channel weekly.