Rafael Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mom: That music only inspire people to do evil stuff
Our little Oscar marathon wraps up with one of last year's biggest surprises. The movie that will inevitably win for sound editing, no matter what you think of the movie, you cannot ignore what it does to immerse you in the story, a great example of “Show, Don't Tell,” or should I say “Listen, Don't Tell"?
My biggest issue after watching this movie for the first time was the ending and how the way many people have described it could have been misinterpret as a negative, defeatist message. Re-watching it again, and approaching it from a new perspective of an addict trying to fix what cannot be fixed and being forced to accept who he is, the ending was beyond satisfying and Ahmed did an outstanding job conveying this through his very subtle physical work.
Mom: why is everyone applauding? She didn't even sing
I'll be honest - I've been feeling a bit sleepy all day, which made this movie, with its substantial silences and contemplative approach, rather difficult to watch and I was on the verge of falling asleep a few times during it.
All in all, with some great performances and some great direction and editing work, all of these elements come together to make this a very interesting story of self-love and redemption.