Sound of Metal ★★★★½

Riz Ahmed gives the best performance of 2020 in this. I forgot that I am watching an actor and I actually believed this is someone who is losing his hearing and his way of life. What an empathetic and emotive performance, which along with sound design should be easily winning every single award there is.

And the script! It avoids the tropes and tells such an intimate, moving story in a gripping, tender way. I was expecting a film about some selfish asshole who hurts people for the sake of his "art" and instead I got a beautiful story about someone who faces obstacles head on, isn't stubborn or prideful for too long given the circumstances and instead responds with will to fight, willingness to learn and kindness.

What a beautiful film.

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