March 20, 2014

Swedish House Mafia's Leave The World Behind – Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Swedish House Mafia's Leave The World Behind – Five Reasons You'll Love It

Swedish House Mafia, giants of dance music, shocked fans the world over when they announced that they were parting ways in 2012. As one final fling, they set off on their biggest ever tour, taking in 50 shows across the planet and playing to some huge guys. They captured it all on film and have distilled down to new documentary Leave The World Behind.

We caught an early screening of the film and have compiled five reasons why you'll love it, here goes…

 

You will be impressed, but not nauseated…

The film kicks off with Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso driving a gleaming white speedboat in glorious sunshine across the ocean and immediately you're thinking 'Oh god, this is going to be an hour and a half of showing off accompanied by some music'. And granted, there are plenty of impressive pyrotechnics and some huge crowds on show, but the theatrics and demonstrations of wealth are few and far between. Just as well really…

 

You will get your ears will be destroyed by the soundtrack…

It's loud, very loud, full of the EDM bangers that Angello, Axwell and Ingrosso have cranked out across their career. Would you expect anything else?

 

You get a proper look at the group's early years…

One of the most charming sections is watching all three members explain how they met and how they bonded over a mutual love of Daft Punk. Director Christian Larson handles this skilfully, using playful 16-bit recreations to show the young mix masters in their early days…

 

You get some real intimacy with the trio…

As well as the backstage shenanigans, the documentary spends time with each of the boys at home, showing them as family men as well as stadium-filling DJs, it adds some great contrast to the film's stadium theatrics.

 

You actually get some real insight into why they're splitting up…

The film is billed as a celebration of all the group have achieved, and it is definitely that, but there is a huge elephant room, which is the question of why, when they're filling stadiums across the world and commanding astronomical fees, are they splitting up?

You don't get a definitive answer on why, but that's because there isn't one, you see the little splits, the fractious conversations, the subtle barbs and the trio's inability to actually sit down and have a real, frank and honest conversation. It's surprisingly brutal in showing each member's flaws and displays of ego, and all the better for it.

 

Leave The World Behind will be released into UK cinemas on March 28th. 

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