Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
After selling over 90 million records world-wide, Metallica has
set forth into a new form of media: the silver screen. Three years
ago the band began what was to be a severely trying process, namely
the video documentation of the construction of what was to be their
tenth major release, St. Anger.
Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky dive deep into the
realm of the metal gurus to find what really lies within the band.
The film contains several one-on-one interviews with each of the
band members. Unlike their previous documentary produced by
VH1’s “Behind the Music,” this film is produced
from a view looking out from within the band, not watching over
Captured in this piece are the troubles that have haunted this
group in its 20-year history, and the recent struggles that almost
brought the metal goliath to the ground. Before Metallica began
production of their last full length record, they were burdened
with the departure of 14-year bass player Jason Newsted. It
prompted the group to consult the help of a group therapist who
would stick with the band through its recording process.
Using producer Bob Rock for the pre-recording, the band began
what could possibly be the most nerve-racking point in their
careers. Tempers flared and frontman James Hetfield lapsed into
alcoholism. Disputes erupted over the way the new record should
sound, and therapy sessions grew more frequent as the weeks
Loaded with emotional breakdowns by past and current members of
the band, the documentary proves how trying the business can be at
times and how it can affect someone years down the road. The
film’s power, however, is muted by some slow personal
interviews that seem to drag on through eternity. Trying to get
across an intelligent thought, drummer Lars Ulrich, better known as
“the man who ruined Napster” stumbles to find the right
words and comes across as ignoran. The lagging parts of the movie
seem to be the only major hindrance of this otherwise moving piece
documenting the hardship of the metal gods.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
— Trevor Campbell