Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Joe Berlinger (2004)

140min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Those expecting insights into the creative process behind global rock brand Metallica or looking for a few Spinal Tap-style laughs at the expense of stadium-sized egos will walk away happy from this curiously affecting rock 'n' roll chronicle. Film-makers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky first met the band while filming a documentary, Paradise Lost: the Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, about three Metallica fans accused of "ritual" murders. But this is no fanboy tribute. The band's ridiculous behaviour is at times hilariously exposed as they struggle to record the album St Anger - unfortunately, not one of their best - amid walkouts, stints in rehab, ego clashes, belly-aching and group therapy sessions. You may not come out of this liking Metallica's music, or even the band members (guitarist Kirk Hammett's claim to be "egoless" sums them up), but it's a pretty decent addition to the rockumentary tradition. Some kind of monster, indeed.

Summary

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's warts-and-all documentary providing a fascinating insight into the lives of the veteran rockers, following them as they reunite to record 2003 album St Anger. The production is beset by problems, leading to arguments, walkouts, a trip to rehab for singer James Hetfield and the need to hire a therapist.

Cast & Crew

Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich
James Hetfield James Hetfield
Cliff Burton Cliff Burton
Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett
Jason Newsted Jason Newsted
Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo
Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine
Bob Rock Bob Rock
Phil Towle Phil Towle
Director Joe Berlinger
Director Bruce Sinofsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: TartanGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Oct 2004
Documentary