holli’s review published on Letterboxd:
the more i sit with this, the more i love it. it wasn't necessarily what i was expecting, but everything worked so well. in the q&a, director darius marder said the goal was to make the hearing audience a minority. they achieve this goal in a way that i have never seen before through the sound design and use of closed captioning. we are fully experiencing what the character is experiencing; it is not designed to coddle hearing people but rather show them what the deaf experience is like.
sound of metal is a visceral, intimate experience that puts you right in the character's shoes. it gives us a perspective that is deeply lacking representation, and it does so in a way that's not demeaning or pandering, but truly authentic. riz ahmed is absolutely incredible; a perfect combination of restraint and showmanship that's so undeniably human. paul raci is another standout. i can't wait to revisit this when it comes out on prime, i really appreciate it more and more as i'm typing this out. one of the year's best.