Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

Sound of Metal is a film that uses every film-making tool at its disposal to allow the audience to create a completely empathetic bond with its lead character.

It is in the way that the incredible sound design puts us right into Ruben's head as his hearing starts to go out.

It is in the way that Riz communicates so much wordlessly through his emotive eyes and restless hands.

It is in the way that the film doesn't allow the audience the affordance of subtitles until Ruben has learned to sign for himself.

And it is in the beautiful ending that exudes peace and acceptance.

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