We Are X

We Are X ★★½

Gene Simmons and Marilyn Manson are big fans — but, never fear, the band has respectable admirers, too, like Sir George Martin and Stan Lee(?).

And it’s easy to see why X Japan is, um, big in Japan. The music has energy, the band is charismatic, and they have a giant, motorized drum kit. The concert footage from a recent Madison Square Garden show comes across particularly well on the big screen.

But as watchable and likable as the band is, the movie doesn’t quite convince me that they justify a trip to the theater for non-believers (I caught this just to watch something at the neighborhood's new Alamo Drafthouse), let alone mythic rock status.

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