claira curtis’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You saved my life. You made it beautiful.”
Profound in its execution of themes and use of sound. There is such an intense effect films that utilize silence in their depiction of deafness carry and it is refreshing to see it executed so beautifully in a film that isn’t a horror. Don’t get me wrong, Hush and A Quiet Place are both great, two films I love even. But providing a space grounded in the realities of the deaf community without thrusting in other elements to in a way distract the audience is greatly refreshing.
Not only beautiful in its depiction of deafness but also in its portrayal of recovery and the deep ache that is interwoven with outgrowing the people you love most. Sound of Metal is rooted in the deafening roar that comes from its silence, from what it says in the moments where there are no words being spoken.
Everyone has been saying it already and so my voice just adds to a chorus but Riz Ahmed. Riz Ahmed gives one of my favorite performances of the year. Ruben’s fear, anger, grief, are all palatable in how convincingly Ahmed portrays them. Olivia Cooke also delivers beautifully here. Her eyes are so full of expression, it’s hard not to want to give her a big hug.
A top contender of the year without a doubt.