Sound of Metal (2020)


“Ruben. As you know, everybody here shares in the belief that being deaf is not a handicap. Not something to fix. It’s pretty important around here. All these kids… all of us, need to be reminded of it every day.” – Joe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A drummer in a Heavy Metal band must try and get a hold of his life when he begins to lose his hearing.

My Take on it – This is a film that caught me by surprise.

I knew nothing about it, but since it’s been getting a lot of award hype lately I decided to see what it was all about.

They do a wonderful job telling this story in a very realistic fashion which helps keep it so enjoyable to watch.

The acting is superb and both Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci are amazingly genuine and powerful in their roles.

I am not surprised at all that they both have been mentioned quite often in award nomination discussions for their work on this film.

They help make the story and characters feel even more powerful and poignant in all that they say or so here.

This movie does a great job giving us a very unique approach to this kind of theme and they find ways to keep things both intriguing and fascinating throughout.

The film handles the dialogue really well and the fact that the film mixes together various kinds of dialogue together makes it that much more impressive.

Some scenes have regular spoken dialogue, others have spoken dialogue with sign language and there are even scenes that just feature sign language.

The story is told in a very intriguing way and manages to stay quite engaging from start to finish.

Bottom Line – Great story that plays out n a very realistic fashion. Both Ahmed and Raci are superb here in their roles and help make thins even more powerful and personal to watch unfold. This film takes a nice approach to this kind of theme and it helps keep things so fascinating and interesting to watch as the story progresses. The dialogue is handled really well especially given the fact that this film mixes together, talking, talking with sign language and also sign language without any sounds. The way that the story unfolds is quite engaging throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While Paul Raci (who plays Joe, the founder of the deaf rehab facility) isn’t actually deaf, both his parents were. He is a prominent figure in the deaf community as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and a member of Hands of Doom, a band that performs in ASL. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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