Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★★

How many times does a movie hit so close to home that your life seems to be literally displayed in front of your eyes?

After reading Carter's fantastic review [ ], I was inspired to tell my story (review below).

I wake each morning hoping to hear the fan I run at night to mask the constant tinnitus, and could gauge if my hearing had returned or not.

I lost my hearing in my right ear in my early 30's. Some weird thing they can't cure called Meniere's Disease. 20 years later and four months ago, my good ear started crapping out and I was told I had bi-lateral Meniere's. Not good.

I can't personally speak to what it's like to be in the music business, but I can speak to what it's like to go deaf all of a sudden.

Just as in the movie, I wake up and hear a loud humming with everything else a dull murmur.

I was told hearing aids could help -- I was lucky that I had a family benefactor who offered to pay for the best of the best as they are not covered by insurance.

And they helped -- a little, but for the price they barely did squat. Sounds were shrilly like you had an AM radio with a bad speaker in your ear. I need to put subtitles on all movies I watch these days.

But having trauma in your life reminds you of the importance of connections. Friends and family that support you, or people you barely even know -- like my Letterboxd friends in the comments section. What a great community we have here.

Sound of Metal Review
I went in without reading the byline, expecting an expose on life in the hard rock music business. Instead it's a tragic situation of a young drummer of a metal band, played fantastically by Riz Ahmed, who suddenly goes deaf.

The acting is fantastic. Riz Ahmed is great as usual but reaches a new level. His girlfriend Olivia Cooke is unrecognizable with the bleached eyebrows, moving refreshingly from trash horror movies to a fantastic dramatic effort.

But the masterfully crafted sound mix is what stands out to me the most.

This isn't a movie about the music business or the life of a musician, but what it means to be struck too early in life by an affliction that can't be cured and changes one's life irrevocably. A subtle message of acceptance is what makes this film stand above its brethren.

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