Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

Man, I really love this kind of film. Sound of Metal excellently puts you right in the shoes of a character coming to terms with the loss of one of his senses. The directing, sound design, and acting all work together to give you a sense of what the lead character is going through. It's artistic and emotional, although it never strains credulity. Ruben as a character feels fully developed, despite the fact that we first meet him only at the start of such an intense period. The film also wisely avoids the treacle that can occasionally accompany films of this kind. Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci give wonderful performances.

The film ultimately has a wonderful message about learning to make peace with the cruel twists life can take. Sound of Metal is easily one of the year's strongest films.