Sound of Metal ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

A couple of times per year one might be lucky to see something never quite seen before. Sound of Metal just happens to be one of those times.

By showing the degradation of the main character’s hearing via an immaculate sound mixing and which I bet it involved audiologists as consultants, the film immediately transports us to his brain. It’s this particular feat, never quite seen like this, that leaves the biggest mark on the viewer. But one would have to be blind to not see how great Riz Ahmed is with this material. The actor, previously revealed in the completely different “Nightcrawler” gets the work of his life too here.

This is a film that takes its time and never condescends the people that is portraying. It never even goes to the places we would expect, ending in a somewhat hopeful note that, maybe, just maybe, silence is key in a world full of noise.

We should all be thankful for having witnessed something truly as unique as this.

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