Have You Watched Sound of Metal?
For $20 the movie theater pop and popcorn better be delivered to my door along with streaming the rental. Despite not forking out the dough to access some Oscar nominees I caught a few that were included with my streaming services. Many of us are aware of Crip Camp that was nominated as a documentary, but have you seen The Sound of Metal? I recently watched the Best Picture nominee through Prime. Although it didn’t get much buzz, I found it interesting. Basically the plot focused on the drummer of a heavy metal band who suddenly lost his hearing. Being thrown into the deaf community he had to learn how to cope and find where he fit in. Not only that he still struggled with personal issues like his addiction and relationships. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?
As with many movies the actor who portrays the main character doesn’t actually have the disability. However I spotted characters in the movie I know have hearing loss. I’m curious what individuals in the deaf and hard of hearing community feel about the film. Despite that lack of authenticity, I draw several parallels to this film in regards to my own disability.
First I can relate to the devastating feeling of thinking you can’t do what you’re passionate about anymore. That feeling like if I can’t do it at the level I did it before I’m not bothering with it. As the movie unfolds he finds alternative ways to bring music into his life. Of course it’s never quite the same. I get that. You can still find enjoyment though.
Chasing the fix is a recurring theme in the movie. The main fix in this case being a cochlear implant. He envisioned it solving everything. Surprise, surprise it didn’t. In fact not only wasn’t it the magic cure he thought it would be, it alienated himself from those who couldn’t have or didn’t want the treatment. In a weird way I felt similar when Spinraza came about. Even though I’m happy to access the treatment it didn’t necessarily measure up to my expectations. Not only that my heart aches for those who don’t have access.
Life is a learning process. We can’t always control what happens but we can learn to deal with it and be at peace. We can also find comfort in community. That’s my takeaway from the movie. What’s yours?
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