Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★

"It's not something to fix."

The sound of silence. This material easily could have been a tired, caterwauling Oscar drama, but instead it's made with an uncommon emotional sensitivity and patience, and genuine empathy for the struggles of deaf people, augmented by absolutely magnificent sound design that brings you so clearly into the headspace of the main character. Riz Ahmed is outstanding in this, diving headfirst into the role with a real expressiveness and unvarnished vulnerability. Definitely one of the sleeper hits of the year, excited to see what director Darius Marder does next.

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