The Sound of Noise features the most imaginative use of musical anarchy in cinema. Directors Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson debut a fantastic new idea for translating a musical story to this film based on an earlier short film titled Music For One Apartment and Six Drummers.
Like any great cops and robbers movie, we follow both sides of the law but with a twist this time. We explore the chase of tone-deaf officer, Amadeus Warnebring (Brengt Nilsson), seeking only silence as he fumbles after a group of guerrilla percussionists causing musical mayhem throughout his city. At the forefront of this group of musical rebels bent on ridding the city of its colorless music, is Sanna (Sanna Persson). She gives this film a strong female lead and character, although I was a bit disillusioned by the seemingly forced love story between her and Amadeus. That said, this story is as delightfully witty as it is unique. A completely new way of posing the ‘man’ through musical riots, these public performances are a revolutionary idea free of violence but full of extreme social upheaval. Using everyday tools to create an illegal masterpiece, we see a brilliantly conceptualized piece of art playing with the idea of objects losing sound and giving our Amadeus a different kind of drive.
This is the first time I have been in turmoil about Filmbalaya’s star rating system. Although I passionately loved the idea of this masterpiece, it rather lacked the execution I was hoping for. I would like to put on record that although my star rating is not what I wish it could be, I honestly would recommend each viewer to at least give the film a chance. Perhaps I’m being too critical, but in the grand scheme of things compared to great movies of our time, it does not compare to the best. I would say without a doubt, if you are a lover of music and off beat films it is definitely worth the 102 min of your life.