The new Netflix original film Metal Lords was released on April 8th, 2022, to the usual average ratings of spring releases. After a late-2021 string of successes that garnered acclaim and awards nominations, the original content from the well-known streamer has stalled in quality, as is often the case during this time of year. Is this a calculated move to hold off until the later summer blockbuster months? Check it out for yourself!
Premise of ‘Metal Lords’
In this coming-of-age comedy-drama, Kevin learns from his best friend Hunter about the ethos of “metal” just in time to play together for the upcoming Battle of the Bands.
The Streaming “Feel-Good Film” Formula
As evidenced by their relatively weak output so far this year, Netflix has proven to be the producer of lowest-common-denominator films that years ago it worked so hard to not be (thanks to the release of obvious awards contenders Marriage Story and The Irishman). Of course, Netflix did release The Power of the Dog and The Lost Daughter at the end of 2021, but it seems like a balance of generic material with perfectly timed awards season features.
The critics cannot complain too much since Metal Lords hits all the right plot points for audiences to connect with. Anyone expecting something tantamount to the power of heavy metal music will be unequivocally disappointed, but they might not have read what kind of genre to anticipate in Metal Lords.
Other Netflix Features Films of 2022
In case you’re looking for something else new to watch on Netflix, here are the other main releases. Their shows are getting more exposure so far this year, so that might be the way to go unless something jumps out here.
- Choose or Die
Two friends suffer the horrors brought on by an old video game that entices them with the promise of unclaimed prize money.
- The Adam Project
A time traveler has to save the world with the help of his family and his 12-year-old self.
- The Bubble
The cast and crew of an in-production Hollywood film are quarantined at the start of the pandemic, having to figure out what to do with themselves.
- The Windfall
A tech billionaire and his wife stumble upon a man breaking into their vacation home as he is robbing it.