Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

Wow... Really blown away by this one.

One of my favorite aspects of film as a storytelling medium is the opportunity to experience things I otherwise cannot or would not in real life. In regard to the situation examined in this film (loss of hearing), I can’t even imagine having to go through it, especially as someone with such a passion for music. This film, to the extent that it could, powerfully provides insight into the struggle of that adjustment.

Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci own this thing. I could easily see both of them receiving Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations, respectively, at next year’s Oscar ceremony. Both deliver fantastic, emotionally resonant performances; especially Ahmed. His performance here will just break your heart.

I was impressed by both the cinematography and color grading. This was shot on 35mm, and I just loved the excessively grainy look the film had throughout. Some of the best-looking shots were simply of small town, middle-American locations.

The sound design? Impeccable. If it doesn’t take home that category, I don’t know what will. In many ways, the sound (or lack thereof) made the film.

Sound of Metal is a heartbreaking, effective portrayal of a man accepting the inevitable, learning to live again under entirely new circumstances. Anchored by a powerfully raw performance from Riz Ahmed, it is easily one of the best films of the year.

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