Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

"Ruben. As you know, everybody here shares in the belief that being deaf is not a handicap. Not something to fix. All these kids... all of us, need to be reminded of it every day."

Sound of Metal is a film that requires you to sit still and be quiet for two hours. It is built to be experienced with full attention to completely appreciate the beauty looming out of its simplistic visuals and immaculate sound design. Besides, Riz Ahmed's striking performance alone packs it all up.

Following a straightforward narrative, there are still indications of contrivances along the way. Focusing way too much on such dialectics would only ruin the whole experience, really. What the film does best is the way it managed to not only let the viewer experience what it's like to have your hearing impaired, but also make us truly empathize with the main character's constant struggle dealing with such unfortunate, yet inevitable change on his way of life. Ahmed's portrayal of Ruben Stone evokes so many emotions, whether they be outright or nuanced in nature. The film really draws you in through its unpredictable aural play, shifting from lingering noise and silence every now and then.

This film is just beautiful in every sense of the word. That final moment where Ruben did something almost made me break down. It is heartfelt and hopeful, which reminds us the significance of realizing that we are the ones who take control of own fates, and that accepting things we, however, are incapable of changing and/or twisting must also be taken into consideration in order for us to really move forward. Adaptation is the key.

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