Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

✅82%
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A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. I had not read anything about this film, and it’s one of those rare movies that I knew zero about going in. Just from the poster, I expected it to be focused much more on his drumming, but the end result is surrounding his battle with hearing-loss. I had to adjust my brain to the film I was watching, but once I did, there was no stopping Sound of Metal from delivering on every aspect. It’s all led by Riz Ahmed giving an Oscar-worthy performance as Ruben. The film provides us with moments through his perspective, and these scenes are so powerful. Ruben spends lots of time with the deaf community here, and while the scenes may drag just a bit (he’s trying to adjust to his new life), it gives us such an engaging perspective on what someone in his situation has to go through. He is constantly striving to “fix it,” but the film gives us a beautiful story regarding accepting your circumstances, and how hard that can be. It’s a little slow, but also insightful, extremely well-shot, and carried by Ahmed’s passion. Darius Marder, who wrote The Place Beyond the Pines, has proven himself once again as a writer. He also crushes as a Director.

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