Review Netflix’s new film Metal Lords is unnecessarily tame as a heavy comedy

Game of Thrones creator DB Weiss strives to honor metal music in the tame Netflix drama comedy Metal Lords. The main character is Jaeden Martell, familiar from Se films.

Metal LordsPremiere (Netflix): April 8, 2022
Original name: Metal Lords
Directed by Peter Sollett
Screenplay: DB Weiss
Starring: Jaeden Martell, Adrian Greensmith, Isis Hainsworth, Phelan Davis & Joe Manganiello
Length: 97 minutes
Age limit (Netflix): K-13

Teen growth stories have been told with the help of music for ages and ages, and the band competition Battle of the Bands has not only been Jack Blackin starred School of Rockin (2003) exclusivity. Netflix movie Metal Lords carries the plot in the movies, driven by less frequently heard metal music, but though Peter Sollettin the guidance has a warm-hearted teenage feel, it still feels a little too tame when placed in its music genre.

Metal Lords on D.B. Weissin the first screenplay Game of Thronesin after. It doesn’t fly dragons, but the film takes place in an American high school where two friends want to play metal and thereby become big heroes – in a world where no one listens to metal anymore.

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Guitarist Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) lives with his father in two and has found solace in metal music since his mother left. Together with his best friend, drummer Kevin (I knowmovies and Defending Jacob familiar from the series Jaeden Martell) he decides to take part in a local band competition, but they lack a bassist.

As if the gift of heaven hurts Isis Hainsworthin presented by Emily from Scotland, whose attitude is rock especially after she fails to take antidepressants. However, Emily plays the cello, and she’s a girl who doesn’t really want to sit in Hunter’s sauna.

Hunter (or in this case, I guess Weiss should say) is clearly not very knowledgeable about the history of metal music, as Apocalyptica is not mentioned at all.

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Slightly the same idea of ​​a young man playing classical music joining the band was discussed Lukas Moodyssonin great pounding teen drama Me ollaan parhaita (We are the best!) in 2013. However, Metal Lords does not achieve the same authenticity in its atmosphere, even though the top three do qualified work in their roles.

In some places, Metal Lords manages to be a rather endearing drama comedy that deals with the painful topics of young people’s lives such as mental health problems, bullying, sex and the general pain of growing up under the watchful eye of enraged parents and teachers. However, everything just scratches the surface. Just over an hour and a half long, the film feels like a quick run-through that seems to want to say something more, but either can’t find the time, desire, or expertise to do so.

Also, as a comedy, Metal Lords isn’t very funny, and it doesn’t even cultivate the laconic black humor that might fit this type of film. Instead, it’s a tame and kind growth story with nothing but a couple of warm-hearted smiles.

But still the music is good. Metal Lords ’dark-speaking soundtrack is a successful table setting in both new and classic metal, and the youth-inspired version of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs in particular sounds great. A few industry legends also pop into sympathetic cameo roles. In terms of the story, the most important role in the adult is seen in turn Joe Manganiello.


“The novelty film by the creator of Game of Thrones tells the story of young people’s growth pains through metal music. However, the drama comedy does not manage to laugh properly, but it also fails to touch. ”

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