Sound of Metal
08-04-2021 • Pop • by Alice C
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.
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.
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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