Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

2004

Action / Documentary / Music

76
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 15256

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Cast

James Hetfield as Himself
Lars Ulrich as Himself
Robert Trujillo as Himself
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2.06 GB
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English
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29.970 fps
2hr 21 min
P/S 4 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Wuchak 7 / 10

Psychologically interesting behind-the-scenes look at a great band in grave crisis

RELEASED IN 2004 and directed by Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, "Some Kind of Monster" documents the band Metallica a few months after bassist Jason Newsted's departure wherein the band started the writing/recording sessions for the album that turned out to be ST. ANGER (2003). The movie covers the next couple of years centering on their time in the studio with producer Bob Rock, who fills-in for Newsted on bass, and psychotherapist Phil Towle, a successful "performance-enhancing coach," whom they hired for $40,000 a month throughout the recording process. Fragments of concert footage, etc. are mixed into these events, including bass try-outs to replace Newsted in the final act.

This is an interesting documentary from a psychological standpoint, but it's hard for fans of the band because it's such a brutally honest portrayal of the members as it removes any mystique that was there. The focus isn't on the members being masterful musicians and metal gods on stage (although there's some of that), but rather on them being regular dudes baring it all to the camera. The film was shot 18-20 years after the band began and shot to fame in the 80s, culminating with their ultra-successful self-titled "BLACK ALBUM" in 1991. Here they are a decade later in total crisis. I can't believe they allowed the footage to be released. What a risk!

Although Phil Towle occasionally utters some stereotypical counselor verbiage (e.g. "How do you feel about that?"), the members later credited him with saving the band; and I believe it. The biggest problems were James Hetfield's control issues & alcoholism, stemming from a tough childhood/adolescence, as well as Lars Ulrich's ego. While these two started the band and are its nucleus, here they're openly at each other's throats, ready to scrap the band at any moment, even daring each other to quit. Meek & mild Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist) is pretty much stuck in the middle and tries to keep the peace and some sense of unity.

There are some entertaining bits or cameos with guests, like Metallica's original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, which is thoroughly interesting but cringe-inducing (Mustaine later complained that the filmmakers edited his scenes down to a few whiny snippets, which portrayed him in the worst light possible). You get to meet the wives & kids of James and Lars. James' wife is precious. The last act chronicles the hiring of bassist Robert Trujillo, who's offered a $1 million to join the band right out of the gate (!).

Don't watch this film unless you want to see the awful truth behind a famous band's image and music, as well as a little bit of the awesome truth.

THE FILM RUNS 2 hours & 21 minutes.

GRADE: B

Reviewed by HerrNull 3 / 10

Rich spoiled people making a Commercial Spot as Documentary to promote their dead career

The tittle said it all!

Im a huge fan of Metallica and I'm 40 years old, so i've been listening them since the very beginning. No doubt we are talking about the greatest metal band ever and a main fountain of inspiration for at least 10,000 other successful rock bands.

But the Metallica of today is not Metallica anymore, they are using documentaries that are obviously prepared to make us think all the bullshit they were saying in front of the cameras was for real... and it was everything scripted. This so called "Documentary" was just an effort to promote themselves and a horrible album.

It is just sad what Metallica has become... this guys talked more about cliff than Jason... AND FOR GOD SAKES METALLICA.... you got at the top of your Everest WITH JASON not with cliff (which was an impressive talented bass player)

You can go outside and ask someone what is Metallica and they will tell you: "james, Kirk, Lars and JASON... not cliff ... so please let the poor guy go!

Another thing that makes me sick in my stomach is to see how Lars was selling his art collection for millions of dollars in JUST ONE night... the same guy who was responsible of killing Napster.

A millionaire complaining about other people getting thing for free.... what's the different between you Lars and some other Wallstreet magnate?

Metallica is pathetic right now, their music seems to be over worked and this documentary is maybe one of the worst Rock documentary that i have ever seen.... were everything was scripted to makes us thing those guys are struggling to keep doing what they do... with all respect... that is just B...S..t

Reviewed by Jesse Magee 1 / 10

Some Kind Of Problem

Full disclosure:I'm yet another of those "Love the first four albums, hate the rest" Metallica fans. I approached the documentary a year after it came out and with no preconceptions. I hadn't heard the "St. Anger" album. And I was, well, not shocked exactly but quite disappointed. Not with the film, which is interesting in a trainwreck sort of way, but in the fact that the train ever reached a point that it crashed. When Metallica came along they were SPECIAL! I purchased several albums the day I purchased my first album by them (Master) and they totally blew not only MY mind but the minds of the other rock fans in the small town I grew up in. Metallica became "our" band, much as they did for many others.

I just watched SKOM again to see if the passing of years had been kind to it. They haven't. Watching James attempt to get himself sober and Lars being a whiny spoiled child is definitely entertaining in all the wrong ways. Lars telling James that he's being self centered is, ironically, the most self centered thing I've ever heard a rock musician say. Kirk Hammett almost seems to have Stockholm Syndrome. He seems so kowtowed by the two leaders makes me believe he feels he couldn't do anything on his own and he is stuck. Which may very well be true but it's hard to watch. The entire thing is hard to watch. 40 something year old millionaires attempting to be angry teenagers is unflattering and frankly embarrassing. After the release of the documentary and the horrible album that came from these sessions, Metallica attempted to release another album on which they "went back to their roots". It was no better. Now in 2016 and a full eight years since their last new music was released, Metallica is for all intents and purposes on par with the current lineup of KISS. Going out flogging the hits, being the world's greatest Metallica cover band. Jason Newsted left the band just as SKOM was being filmed. He made enough money in Metallica that he can do what he wants with his time and talent now with no concern over cash. For Metallica it's all about the money. Sad But True.

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