Sound of Metal (2019)

Director: Darius Marder
Writer/s: Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Clanfrance
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, and more.

The Intro:
Here we have “Sound of Metal.” This film came out of nowhere onto my radar once it was released with a wave of positive reviews flooding my medias. It is another film where I knew nothing about it really and did not even expect its release. Boasting a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, I finally cut some time to get my eyes on it and sheeeeshh, it was a good one.

IMDB Summary:
“A heavy-metal drummers life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.”

The Oberrating:
An incredibly engaging film with some incredible performances. Star, Riz Ahmed, absolutely kills it with his performance. Early on, I made note of how impressive it was with how he conveyed emotion simply with his body language and facial expressions, especially in his eyes. Then as the movie continued, this became even more impressive and important as his character lost more of his hearing. While the story itself was a treat and especially investing, Riz was definitely a key part of keeping my attention with his powerhouse performance.

The story itself was quite the spectacle. The mystery of “what comes next” was especially something that kept me invested to see if Riz’s character, Ruben, would continue within the deaf community and help out, or fall back to his musician/addict lifestyle. Even by film’s end, I was nervous as to how it would end or if it would end badly. Without spoilers, I would have to say I saw it as a tad abrupt, but still a solid ending.

The Wrap-Up:
“Sound of Metal” is yet another film I had no expectations going into, yet it turned out to be another favorite film of mine. Between Ahmed and Raci, these two provide killer performances for the film. It kept my attention, and then some, for the entire movie and had me on the edge of my seat. I could not recommend this one enough for a view.

Rating: 4.5/5


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