Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

This is probably one of the most unique and memorable films of the year. The sound design alone definitely deserves huge amounts of recognition and Riz Ahmed delivers a fantastic performance that is filled with emotion, nuance, and pure mastery of the art. This film is both heartbreaking and incredibly uplifting, presenting the story of a man who is so passionate about what he does and what he loves that it is to a genuine detriment to his health and well-being. Seeing this man grow and achieve a new outlook on life and learn how to live again after his hearing is lost made for such a beautiful and emotional journey that will no doubt make viewers think and reflect on the film and their own lives. I know this is a lot of people's favorite of the year and, while it doesn't quite hit that high bar for me, I can absolutely see why and this has easily made its way into my personal top 10 of the year.

Brendan liked these reviews