Metallica - Some Kind of Monster
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Top Customer Reviews
What I really applaud the band for is this: They bought the rights to the documentary so that they could have a say in the final cut. Instead of glossing over scenes that aired the dirty laundry of the band, which is what you would think they would do in a case like this, they let it all out.
And not in a counter-culture, rebellious, grandstanding kind of way either. It's sincere and thats what makes the film work.
James Hetfields door slamming, Lars' watery-eyed confrontations and Kirk unable to make declarative sentences does not put them in the best light, but it makes them real.
They confront their demons head-on with therapist Phil Towle and producer Bob Rock tow. Die hard fans might roll their eyes and laugh at prospect of the band in need of a shrink. Trust me, stick with it and don't let it scare you away from the theatre. Most of the time it is hilarious and at the bands expense. Lars Ulrichs father is a scream and when one of the toughest metal bands try to communicate with one another in their new found "therapy lingo" it comes across as comical and awkward as you might think.Read more ›
Band leader James Hetfield, fresh out of rehab, constantly locks horns with "I-just-wanna-play-rock-n-roll" drummer Lars Ulrich, and spends most of his time fretting over his self-imposed 4-hour per day work schedule, and whether he even wants to be in the band anymore. Ulrich meanwhile fakes interest in Hetfield's mental recovery, the farcical "lyrics-by-committee" approach to the new record, and seems happiest when his multi-million dollar collection of modern art goes under the hammer for record prices. Guitarist Kirk Hammett equivocates on most of the key decisions and discussions, but comes off as a straightforward guy just wanting the best for his band and his buddies. All of which, much to Metallica's credit, is captured mercilessly by the camera crew. This includes the most bizarre aspect of the film, in which an ever present middle-aged Dr. Eugene Landy-type, hired by the band for $40k per month to help guide and mediate their feelings towards one another, presides over most of the discussion, and hilariously tries to ingratiate himself into the band in a creative capacity. He is clearly a chancer, despised by Ulrich in particular, and living on borrowed time. The scene, in which even Hetfield himself has had enough of this pseudo-guru, and tries to fire him, is perhaps the most uncomfortable in the whole film.Read more ›
Enter Shrinkman (sorry boys) in the form of a psychiatrist named Phil who starts opening doors the boys seem intent on keeping shut . . . indeed, James slams a few shut. Like voyeurs we're invited to watch egos dashed, pretension shattered, raw nerves at the fraying point and more than a little whining, self-pitying and prima donna posturing as the Metalliboyz grow older and are forced to cope with an ever changing music industry as well as life itself.
One of the most moving moments is a confrontation/reconciliation with Dave Mustaine. A misty eyed Mustaine lays out plain and simple the pain he endured in the years since he (literally) got thrown out of the band. Watching an uncomfortable Lars try to come to terms and his full comprehension and realization of that decision - for good or ill - is stuff that cannot be scripted, cannot be acted it is life.
To their credit they come out alive, stronger, wiser and full of hope, acceptance and promise. What this remarkable documentary captures is akin to watching the dead come back to life. This is raw, inspiring, powerful stuff, and in its own way, something of a miracle.
Watching the movie with the band commentary is like watching an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000". It's wry, but not particularly insightful to the film. What's most telling is their silence during the moments that must have been excruciatingly uncomfortable at the time, especially with a camera trained on their faces. Even better is the filmmaker's commentary. I'd even go so far as to say that the commentary is essential for anyone intrigued by the movie. It's fascinating to learn that the band made NO mandates regarding the final cut; Despite their reputation for controlling every nuance of their career, they granted the filmmakers full access and made no demand other than that they keep it honest and real. There are lots of cool stories that arise, too. For instance, you learn that after not playing for months, the band warmed up by playing Ramones tunes. Or, that the band gave the filmmakers free licensing in an earlier documentary, which is what led to this film being made in the first place.
In the process, over 1600 hours of footage were filmed. 1600! They whittled this down to two hours, which is what makes the extra footage so valuable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great documentary. I've rented it so many times I finally broke down and purchased it!Published 28 days ago by Erik Therme
I really enjoyed this documentary! I appreciated how honest and real the guys in the band were! I would recommend this documentary to anyone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marcia Beasley
that was great!!! I seen this in on TV in 1999 or 1998.??? anyway it was good to see it again.Published 11 months ago by kelly
I knew nothing about Metallica until I saw this. I like behind-the-scenes stuff, so this fit the bill. I've watched it a few times now.Published 14 months ago by Heather
You get the inside look at Metallica and it is a very different movie.Published 15 months ago by gchild
Starts off with... wow! After Roadie's initial attack...enough already. I am not a heavy metal fan. Put that away. I do however like some heavy metal bands. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eyestoseeearstohear
Fascinating documentary about one of my favorite childhood bands. The interview with Dave Mustane is riveting.Published 16 months ago by tgibson43
An intimate sit down with the guys before and in the making of St Anger. We could've lost the band if they hadn't worked out their creative and personal differences and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by RobbyStoly