michael parks’s review published on Letterboxd:
Raw, evocative, and intense, Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal is a deeply affecting portrait of hearing loss and its rippling impact on one’s life. Through ingenious sound design and visceral filmmaking, Marder puts us directly into Ruben’s shoes. The effortless weaving of noise and deafening silence makes us feel everything Ruben is feeling. Beyond just this, the film is also a character study about a rough-around-the-edges ex-addict who feels like he’s about to lose the one thing that keeps him going. Riz Ahmed gives a brilliant performance (and the best male performance of the year), deftly walking the line of sheer intensity and subtle nuance. Olivia Cooke is excellent as well.
A brilliant, beautiful, and devastating film that powerfully depicts hearing loss without stigmatizing it. One of the best of the year for sure. They better push Riz Ahmed hard for this.
To find out how much this movie can mean to someone, please read this beautiful review by Carter: https://boxd.it/1sR8Rj.