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Two hours is a long time to point out how foolish and sexist teenage boys can be over and over again.
Lords of Chaos provokes both awe and repulsion, but not necessarily admiration for a musical form and subculture unwaveringly devoted to literalism, no matter how extreme.
Euronymous shaped the Norwegian Black Metal scene. You'd think that'd make him cool, but Åkerlund wisely doesn't buy it.
Director Jonas Åkerlund handles this cruel and sad material with sensitivity. He lets you laugh at Euronymous' pretensions and his Mean Girls-style cruelties, and makes you recoil from the destruction and desecration the band promoted.
Intriguing, well-acted and impressively crafted story.
Though a little overdone in places, Lords of Chaos is a fascinating, suitably bleak window into a most infamous and disturbing corner of music history.
a painful, often devilishly funny look at male adolescent insecurity and idiocy.
Lords of Chaos is well acted and worth watching for anyone with a passing interest in the source material, but Åkerlund's subtle direction fails to conjure much tension or sense of dread-something sorely needed to tell this story.
Despite the film's inherent shock value, Lords Of Chaos still manages to successfully mine the explosive psychology of adolescent angst - even if the horror movie aesthetics occasionally threatens to overwhelm proceedings.
As someone who had no real emotional connectedness to the actual story, and was just looking to see a kickass movie, I found Åkerlund's shockingly raw coming-of-age tale to be endlessly engaging.
Lords of Chaos puts the tale on a big stage, transforming the early days of "true Norwegian black metal" into an energetically entertaining account of partnership, identity, and betrayal even as it includes all the (very literally) gory details.
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