• Jamie Morris

Weekend Pick: Sound of Metal

Following its debut on Prime Video and recent Oscars success, UK moviegoers are finally able to experience Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal in the cinema.

The film, which picked up Best Sound and Best Film Editing at the 93rd Academy Awards, is a visceral and immersive tale of re-learning to live in the wake of irreversible change.

Drummer and recovering heroin addict Ruben (played with intense physicality by Riz Ahmed) begins to lose his hearing during a gig, and relocates to a Deaf rehabilitation community following concerns that the stress caused by his disability could result in a relapse.

Each plunge into Ruben’s soundscape—clearly crafted with the cinematic experience in mind—is painfully raw and connects us to the character in ways that words and pictures alone simply could not.

It’s a film that takes its time and demands patience from the viewer, yet ultimately an emotionally devastating and life-affirming work.