Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

Was definitely worried about this going in the direction of Riz Ahmed trying to learn to drum again which it thankfully wasn’t. What it is though is an incredibly empathetic and sensitive portrayal of someone coping and adjusting to a dramatic change in their life. Ahmed is incredible and sells Ruben’s experiences perfectly whether it’s through his initial terror or later from the beauty of silence. The sound design here is vital to this working and it entirely immerses you in Ruben’s head, though I do think Marder could’ve gone further there. As for problems, I have very few, though I did take issue with how it portrays a major decision Ruben makes in the second act, almost outright condemning him for wanting to find any kind of alternative options. For a movie that so built on empathy it came of as a bit of a misstep. Still, that’s one of my few faults. This is one of the best of the year.

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