Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is a documentary that follows Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, they always where in a bitter fight with each other and sought the counsel of their shrinks. The directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary.
Much humour comes from the fact that as the band members characters are revealed. They often come off as a real life spinal tap. It is such, that an outsider, who had never heard of Metallica, might perceive this documentary as a mockumentary. Kirk Hammett comes off particularly as a good guy who is just not very clever. Stating that things work themselves out for the better or worse, but they work themselves out.
The main ‘issue’ that this documentary reveals is that Metallica needs to ride off into the sunset. The three band members are burnt-out and only really making their music for money. All of the band members have moved on and grown up from the angst ridden, angry twenty-somethings that they once were. Hetfield is now trying to be more of a family man. Lars Ulrich is more into art and seems more like he wants to be a dealer and not a drummer. Even Kirk Hammett, who is the peacemaker in the band looks like he needs to move on. All of these guys would probably be happier if they called it a day and went their separate ways.
What is more telling about these guys is the world that they live in. For instance, they are asked to appear on M.T.V’s ICON at the end of the documentary. They are given a standing ovation in a small M.T.V music studio. This endless adulation that they receive obviously does these guys no good. It is just a reminder to the viewers how artificial the worlds are that celebrities live in.
Overall, this is a very good documentary that cuts right to the heart of the ‘real’ Metallica. If you are a fan you should definitely see it. If you are not, you should still see it. It is a fascinating look into the lives of Rock Stars and how they are not as bulletproof as they would like to think that they are.
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