Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

Learn how to be deaf

Riz Ahmed, what an actor.

There’s less metal than I thought there would be, which is kind of a good thing, although I gotta say the band sounds impressive and cool.

Instead it is at times heavy, at times even heart-warming drama, definitely really engaging and powerful from the very first second. 

The story is obviously told from a viewpoint that kind of demonizes hearing-aid implants, but honestly that’s what drama often is. You take a slightly exaggerated perspective (for example Whiplash and hands covered in blood) and go with it because those personal experiences are often what matters and what moves people.

I know nothing about sound design, but this film is largely carried by its sounds. The sounds tell so much of the story and the rest you can read from the faces of the wonderful cast.

Riz Ahmed is incredible in the leading role, brilliantly conveying the raw emotion and anxiety of his character. Certainly deserves awards love for this.

Also, Olivia Cooke is a super talented actor, I think many people are still sleeping on her greatness. Between this, Thoroughbreds and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl she has been putting up some serious resume. Apart from the rest of her acting, her singing scenes in this film are mesmerizing too. 

Also I must mention Paul Raci because his performance is very important for bringing the heart into this, great acting. And Mathieu Amalric’s very, very fine cameo is also notable for me.

All in all, great drama and a brilliant directorial feature debut from Darius Marder. Interesting to find out he co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines.

Watching the end credits, i figured it must be some kind of a record how many of the director’s relatives were involved in making this film. Marder after Marder after Marder.

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