Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

Darius Marder’s drama about a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into turmoil when he begins to lose his hearing. Starring Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke.

Riz Ahmed gives an excellent performance in his role as Ruben Stone, the heavy metal drummer whose life is going to take a turn for the worst when he is informed that his condition is not going to get better. He certainly makes his feelings clear as he knows he is going to have to get use to his new hearing.

Elsewhere, there is an excellent supporting performance to be had from Paul Raci in his role as Joe, a man improving from alcohol and shows plenty of resolute to help out Ruben as much as possible.

Also giving fine performances are Olivia Cooke and Lauren Ridloff in their respective parts as Lou and Diane. Lou is Ruben’s girlfriend who is concerned about their relationship, while Diane is the teacher of a school.

The direction from Marder is very good because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a mixed atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by the director and Abraham Marder as they make the movie good to follow.

The camera and sound stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes good use of the locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status; the sound is excellent as you have to listen carefully.

The only criticism I have is that the pace is a little slow.

Overall, despite the pacing, Sound of Metal is a very decent drama, due to the brilliant performances in particular from Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci, along with the direction, script, mixed atmosphere and tension.

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