Metallica - Some Kind Of Monster details
|Directors:||Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Metallica - Some Kind Of Monster
|Run time:||2 hours 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Jan 2005|
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St Anger ManagementBy chrisfromturnpikelane (8 reviews) from turnpike lane, London , 14 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Poor Lars Ulrich. His Metallica bandmate, singer and guitarist James, is in rehab and there is uncertainty over when he will return. The bassist quit over creative tensions and has a new band on the rise. Those left behind can only agree when a psychologist earning $40,000 a month is present to hold their hands. And fans hate poor multi-multi-millionaire drummer Lars after he takes on free downloading. If it couldn't get any worse, his own dad thinks the band's new material just doesn't 'cut it'. Welcome to the unintentionally hilarious fly on the wall account of two years in the life of the most successful heavy rock band on earth. Fast forward through the music and enjoy the drama. A drum solo of honour goes to Metallica for having the guts to allow this real life Spinal Tap film's release but the laughs are largely on them as their professional lives threaten to explode. Not just for fans.
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The sensitive side of rock....By MadScotsMan (5 reviews) from London , 04 Jun 2008I really enjoyed this feature length documentary and, although i am a fan of the band, i don't think you have to be a fan to find it entertaining. I even found my wife sitting next to me asking who is who and what has happening.
It's a fascinating exploration of song writing and band politics with a side portion of cheese (that you would most likely expect from across the pond). Worth renting, unless you are a Metallica fan - in which case you'd be better buying it.
Some kind of spectacular monsterBy a customer from London , 06 Apr 2008Awesome insight into the band, the way they interact and struggle back from the brink of splitting up. Was expecting more clips of them performing but there was hardly any... rather they focussed on James' inner battles and the fragile dynamic of the group behind the scenes. Every Metallica fan should watch this.
FascinatingBy urbanlotus (15 reviews) from Brighton , 18 Mar 2008Perhaps you need to like this type of music, but its a very interesting insight into crazy rock stars ,who live in a strange fame bubble!
Therapy anyone?By a customer from Barry , 07 Feb 2008Now with all the titles to choose from on Love Film why my first was a Metallica (not even my favourite band) documentary I don't know. However the choice proved inspired. This documentary gives un-rivalled access to one of the biggest bands to ever grace this planet (sales figures alone testify that) and proves immensely interesting. The old adage of 'money doesn't make you happy' is clearly in force throughout, with the band grossly overpaying a therapist to seemingly write slogans on white boards.
It is however the balance of the unhinged band members (in particular control-freak James Hetfield) and their shear musical talent that provides the perfect juxtaposition. Highlight for me: recruiting a new bassist. If you have any degree of interest in music, then this is the documentary for you, despite the 2 hrs 20 mins running time I wanted more.
Slow but InterestingBy Ange (30 reviews) from London , 07 Feb 2008I had really high expectations for Metallica, and I'm afraid that the main thing I took away from this movie is that it is really, really long. The content was excellent, but the hours of group therapy footage was amusing but dragged.
This is not a movie only for Metallica fans - it's for anyone interested in celebrity, how identity develops when people get very famous very fast, and what a classic rock group acts like once their ego's are overblown, they're married and they have children. Watch the personalilties clash, James Hetfield go into and out of rehab, Lars introduce his wizard-like father, and Kirk discuss on about how very zen he is in comparison to the others.