MTV Review: Leave The World Behind
Swedish House Mafia say farewell in stirring documentary following their final global tour…
UK Release Date: March 28
Running Time: 95 minutes.
Director: Christian Larson.
Plot: “The dance music tour to end all dance music tours”, Leave The World Behind follows the Swedish House Mafia embarking on their farewell ‘One Last Tour’ after their shock decision to split.
As Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso globetrot the planet, this documentary takes us back offering a personal an insight into the formation of one of dance music’s biggest sensations and the subsequent tensions that led to their announcement to part ways.
Best Scene: As the curtain drops on the inaugural gig of the tour and Greyhound sends thousands of Swedish revelers into a frenzy it’s almost impossible not to get sucked into the moment.
Of course, it’s also a toss-up between the cheeky MTV News UK cameo in there too. Not that we’re biased or anything..!
Best One-Liner: As the tour bowls on a disappointed Axwell tells Ingrosso, “If we had committed we could have done this properly.”
Date Movie Or Mate Movie: Hard to call on this one. Screw it - both. If you’re one of the lucky few out there whose partner is into exactly the same taste in music as you a) marry them b) check this doc out as you’ll appreciate the story as well as the atmosphere.
Likewise if you and your mates share a passion for stadium-captivating dance bangers and want to know why you can’t see these three in action any more – here’s you chance.
Scene Stealer: It’s always been the music. Blasting everything from Greyhound, Antidote, Miami 2 Ibiza and the euphoric Don’t You Worry Child, the soundtrack to every performance sequence will transport you back to wherever you were when you were lucky enough to catch SHM…or kicking yourself wishing you’d been there if you never got round to it.
WTF Moment: The cracks start to show when the trio rent a harbour-side villa in Sydney to work on future chart-topper Don’t You Worry Child, Angello decides to take a four hour time-out from the recording session to get a brand new tattoo.
It’s all very well knowing in hindsight that (eventually) it’ll work out for the best but it doesn’t stop you wanting to wring the dude’s neck!
Summary: Forget whatever hang-ups you have about ‘EDM’ – this is a story of an undoubtedly talented musical trio who realised they were riding the wave of a movement and ran with it.
While certain members struggled with committing 100% to the group, this film shows that ultimately their split was a decision to save their friendship but as the credits roll you’ll be left with a small question mark still not sure quite where the magic left them or whether there's something that they really just don't want to talk about.
One thing’s for sure though, you’ll leave the cinema heading straight for the club.
They came, they raved, we loved.
By Michael Pell @mtvuknews