Sound of Metal

Published by Alice C on 2021-04-08 in Pop
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Hey there! The Oscars are coming up (reminder 25th of April) and as usual I'm not at all ready to see them. You see, every year I put a lot of effort to watch as many candidate films as possible before the ceremony starts. The first year I decided to do that, I said to myself that I would watch all films nominated at least one in any category. Too ambitious. The following year I decided that I would watch just those nominated in the most important categories such as best actor and actress, best picture, best original screenplay and so on. I was a fool. Finally, this year I'm going to rush just for the best picture nominees and that's it (easy to say, I'm still very far away from the end).

The most recent one I watched is Sound of Metal, starring Riz Ahmed, directed by Darius Marder and has nominations all over the Oscars. I think I'll have to say that this one is one of my favourites so far. Let me tell you why.
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The film is about a metal drummer who, in a matter of days, loses his hearing. This would be a destabilising event for any of us, imagine for someone who lives on music and the sense of rhythm. After that the protagonist tries to find solutions and a way to adjust to his new condition. Personally, I find the plot extremely interesting. Deaf people and in general the deaf community are under-represented in films and tv series so I think it's good to show once for all how becoming and being deaf is.

Another thing that I appreciated a lot was the choice of sounds. There are many silences, distorted and muffled sounds which puts us in the same position as the protagonist. Often I found myself confused and frustrated because I couldn't understand what was going on around the main character or what the other people were saying.
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Finally, even if the title is linked to metal music, this film has little to do with music. Maybe it was just me but when I first started it I thought it was going to be a completely different movie. Even if it's not the central point, I loved the specific role that music has in certain scenes.

I hope I made you feel like watching it, I'm sure you won't regret it.

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