Excerpt: Sound of Metal is one of the best portrayals of deafness in film using smart sound design and a stellar performance by Riz Ahmed to communicate the experience. And while it loses steam as it makes its way to the finale the core message is powerful and poignant.
Excerpt: Marder gives Riz Ahmed a juicy character awards voters love, experiments with sound in a way audiences have never experienced before, and avoids the pitfalls of a cheesy triumph over calamity story.
Excerpt: ‘Sound of Metal’ jams to a deeply personal and subjective track as audiences experience the isolation and trauma of hearing loss alongside an ex-addict drummer, played by a never-better Riz Ahmed. Having undergone a similar (if much milder) experience, I connected with the story on a deeply personal level.
Excerpt: A film about loss and grief, and what we do with ourselves when our lives change irrevocably, ‘Sound of Metal’ is an extremely well-structured and consistently interesting character study powered by Riz Ahmed’s nuanced, naturalistic lead performance.
Excerpt: It’s a simple setup – almost high-concept: the elevator pitch might be, “Metal drummer loses his hearing overnight and must face radically changing his life in order to adjust.” But the careful attention to detail and emotional complexity that first-time director Darius Marder and his co-screenwriter Abraham Marder put into the picture make Sound of Metal a deeply moving experience.