“Sound of Metal” offers an interesting pontification: whether or not providing an unnatural fix to a natural obstacle is right, maybe there is something more to be gained in coming to terms with the challenges we all face. Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal” is one of the newest films released as an Amazon original. Amazon has been keeping up with other streaming services in producing and creating original films. The film follows Ruben Stone (Riz Ahmed), a drummer who comprises half of the fictional metal duo Blackgammon. His girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) is the group’s vocalist. The two live together in an RV — their lifestyle characterized as “gypsy-like.” Though the music they play is intense, their life is simple and serene. In the film’s opening minutes, we are treated to both the sounds of the group’s music and that of their day-to-day ambience living together. Soon, Ruben’s hearing begins to fade, and upon seeing a doctor, he learns that it is progressively deteriorating. At one point early on, the images shown beforehand of Ruben’s morning routine are displayed again; this time, their sound muffled and ringing, and the absence, the deadness, that now prevails over Ruben is made immediately clear. As Ruben hits rock bottom, drastic action needs to be taken, and he finds himself at a rural community that teaches those with deafness how to overcome their obstacles. Not only is this a community for deaf individuals but also specifically recovering addicts who are also deaf. As […]