|Review: Lords of Chaos (Movie) -|
Label: Vice Films
Year released: 2019
Duration: 117 min.
Review online: March 3, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I'm not quite sure why I watched this movie. Morbid curiosity? Probably. Some casting choices were kind of questionable. Varg overweight? The photos from back in the day sure don't hint at that. The demeanour of the characters and dialogue in the movie is downright embarrassing. Of course, I've never met any of them, but who the hell talks like that? I don't know how many times they said, "we play true Norwegian black metal" and variations on that. The clichés and stereotypes are all over the place. Throw in a half-baked love story... Oh my. But, honestly, I'm not surprised by any of this and was expecting it.
What makes this movie really suck is how bad most of the acting is and how fucking disjointed the movie is. Most of the time the actors look like they're waiting for someone to tell them what their next line is or whether they got that last one right. It's amazing how sometimes the acting is "OK" and the next it looks like it's me acting (I really, really suck at acting). I could go on with examples, but let's just say that the scene where Varg kills Euronymous is so bad, it would get a failing grade as a high school play.
As I mentioned earlier, the movie feels disjointed. I cannot count the number of times where I found myself thinking, "how did they go from this to that?" Someone who doesn't know anything about the story would certainly be lost. The best parts of the movie are probably the church burnings which are pretty well done and even impressive at times. The footage in the basement of the Helvete shop is cool as well. But that's a few minutes in nearly two hours, so that's not saying much.
If you have a couple of hours to waste and are curious about this, then by all means go ahead and watch it. Just make sure you keep your expectations low. Then again, mine were pretty low and it's still a disappointment. I fully expected this to be laughable and present the characters in sort of a caricatural way, but the whole thing is so disjointed that it takes away any redeeming quality it might have had.
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