Since its premiere, critics have been praising Sound Of Metal and Riz Ahmed performance. Now that the movie has finally been released, I can only echo all the praise.
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation.
But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. (Amazon Studios)
What Makes Sound Of Metal Work
The best part about this movie is Riz Ahmed (Venom, Nightcrawler). He delivers a tour de force of a performance, where I can only hope that he will score some award nominations. This is easily his career best performance and the movie is instantly worth seing just for him. Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) also delivered a strong performance that might also very well be a career best for her.
But the secret star of the movie is the sound design, which is, if I had to describe it in one world, immersive. The sound design is soo good, because it constantly switches perspectives, from the point how we, the audience can hear things, to the point how Ruben (Riz Ahmed) can hear things. And the sound designer did a brilliant job in creating Rubens perspective of how the world sounds for him and they definitely should sweep the sound categories during awards season. Because this is what sound editing and mixing should do. Immerse the audience into the movie.
It doesn’t stop there, it also features beautiful cinematography by Daniël Bouquet, who filmed a feature film for the first time with this one. Same goes for the magnificent directing by Darius Marder, which also happens to be his directorial debut.
Overall Sound of Metal should be a priority on everyone’s watchlist for this year, whether you are a cinephile or you just want to watch a good movie.
It stars: Riz AHmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Mathieu Almaric and Lauren Ridloff.
Sound of Metal is available on Amazon Prime.
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