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Sound of Metal Analysis: Themes of Acceptance

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Sound of Metal Analysis: Themes of Acceptance

Watch my Sound of Metal analysis as I explore the screenplay’s character development and themes of acceptance.

The script portrays its protagonist, Ruben, and his internal conflict between denial and acceptance with sensitive precision while balancing the dual contexts of disability and addiction. 

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When Ruben begins to experience hearing loss, he immediately demands a solution and jumps at the suggestion of cochlear implants whilst attempting to conceal the crisis from his girlfriend, Lou.

However, as his hearing rapidly deteriorates, Ruben is encouraged to face acceptance. Although he beings to assimilate himself within a deaf community, his sense of denial is a constant force of antagonism.

This denial is the undercurrent to the script’s narrative, which causes Ruben to regress towards the person that existed before the audience first meets him on screen.

Ultimately, Sound of Metal explores Ruben’s tidal struggle towards acceptance as he comes to terms with his hearing loss and the impact it has on his relationships and identity.

The script is a perfect example of how internal conflict can drive the plot and character development forwards, whilst delicately exploring a clear thematic conflict. 

Through this fluctuation between themes of acceptance and denial, Sound of Metal delivers a thought-provoking and poignant exploration of disability and its impact on one’s life.

Beyond this, the film’s genius is not limited to the screenplay, whilst intelligent sound design and intimate cinematography also contribute towards the film’s brilliance.

Whether you’re a fan of Sound of Metal or are generally interested in thought-provoking film analysis, this video essay is a must-watch. 

Gain a deeper understanding of the screenwriting craft by learning how a story’s themes can be interwoven with the characters involved.

Join me for my script analysis of Sound of Metal, and explore its themes of acceptance, alongside complex notions of disability, addiction and denial.

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Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.

He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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