- MemberDecember 3, 2020 at 8:30 am
Talk about an absolutely stunning performance in a great movie – definitely check out Riz Ahmed as musician Ruben Stone in the film, ‘Sound of Metal.’ It is one of those performances that makes your mouth drop and feel every emotion the actor feels in his/her portrayal.
The film is about a heavy-metal drummer in a band with his girlfriend who begins to suddenly lose his hearing. A former heroin addict, but four years clean, he begins to panic and feels that he is spiraling out of control. His girlfriend is worried that he is going to revert back to his drug use to deal with the situation so she calls and get him into a house for people learning to adjust to life as a deaf person. Ok, this is where people might think the film would fall apart and into the trap of sentimental, heartfelt overload. But thank goodness it does not do that. Ruben is given an opportunity and he slowly begins to try and adapt to his new life as a deed person, learning sign language and developing relationships with those who live in the home. But, the whole time he has plans to try and revert to his former life as a musician on the road and living in his RV with his girlfriend again, moving from city to city and playing gig after gig. Without giving anything else away, I will say that things do not exactly fall into place as he expects.
The acting by the cast in this film is all good but this movie definitely belongs to Ahmed and rightly so. He puts his whole heart into this performance, learning to play drums and sign language. I will back up on an earlier comment and admit that there were a couple of touching moments and the ending is a killer at playing with your mind and heart.
Definitely one film that pulled at my heart strings, not only because I am a person who loves music immensely so I could not imagine going through what Ahmed’s character does, but also because it teaches so many good lessons while not doing overkill. It is a well balanced, well made film with a tour de force performance!
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