Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

One of the best performances of the year. This is a showcase of Riz Ahmed. I’ve thought he had done a lot of interesting work up to this point like Nightcrawler, Rogue One but I thought his best work was in the HBO limited series The Night Of. He’s so good on that show but this movie takes the spot as his finest work. He’s so convincing as this guy who can’t fully accept the situation he is in. I found the performance transformative because there were definitely times in this movie where I forgot that he wasn’t an actor. Some very strong supporting performances from Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci give his character a chance to have some of the most heartbreaking scenes in a movie this year. I thought the last 30 minutes had parts that kind of dragged but Darius Marder, who co-wrote and directed the movie, does a really nice job of keeping you constantly engaged even though there are sequences with little to no sound. Overall this is really strong movie with some incredible performances.

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