Metallica – Some Kind of Monster Reviews

Metallica - Some Kind of Monster

With voyeuristic intensity, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster explores the intricate connections that are created, nurtured, and challenged between members of a long-lasting band. That this intimate odyssey of group therapy and self-discovery involves Metallica–the most successful heavy metal group of all time–is just one reason this film is so uniquely fascinating. Having proven their documentary skills with Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost (which included Metallica in its sound (more…)

13 responses to “Metallica – Some Kind of Monster Reviews”

  1. Cutler says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent View into the working of a Band
    Upfront caveat: I have never listened to the music of Metallica, yet I consider this an excellent documentary that brings us into the heart and soul of how a band works together…

  2. Kyle says:

    I went with four people to see this movie. Two (myself included) were fans of Metallica and the other two not. The film begins as a kind of MTV Expo piece with James Hetfield in his trick horse riding from vintage roadsters and Lars Ulrich on his couch with his Basquiat hang on the wall. Not even five minutes walk, and it shows the group, minus recently departed Jason Newsted, in therapy to discuss their concern that they start recording their first album in five years. Did they not know that they have two years to make. What you get is an exciting, profound and often very funny documentary. What I really applause for the band is: You bought the rights to the documentation, so they have a say in the final cut. Instead of restricting scenes, aired the dirty laundry of the band, which is what you think they would in a case like this, they let it out. And not in a counter-cultural, rebellious, big way either. It is honest and that is what makes the film work. James Hetfield slamming door, Lars “watery eyes Kirk confrontations and not in a position to declarative sentences are not in the best light, but it makes it real. to confront their demons head – with therapist Phil Towle and producer Bob Rock tow. Die Hard fans may roll their eyes and laugh view from the band in need of a shrink. Trust me, with embroidery and not scare you away from the theater. Most of the time, it is funny and at the bands expense. Lars Ulrich's father is a scream, and if one of the hardest metal bands are trying to communicate with each other in their new found “therapeutic language:” It looks like funny and cumbersome, as you might think. And yes, they talk about Cliff's death and the Napster ordeal will. They also visit and Jason Newsted (bonus for the fans) Dave Mustaine. My friend and I could choose to Metallica fans from the documentary film-fans in the theater when Dave out. This film is not just for fans should not miss, no matter what your preference in music or your opinion of the band. Non-fans, as my friends will confirm, this is good. This year there was great year for documentaries and this is one that is not be overlooked in the mix.

  3. Oral says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very entertaining
    The film is a must have for a real Metallica fan. It isn’t an ordinary movie, it is more of a documentary. I’ve watched it several times, and it never gets old.

  4. Estelle says:

    During the first ten minutes I felt pretty much like it, that's pretty much how I felt about Metallica for more than a few years ago. Something forced me to stay and they did in 15 minutes I was riveted by the internal machinations of the Phoenix shattered tried on its own power from the ashes, but filth and mud.
      Enter Shrinkman (sorry guys) in the form of a psychiatrist named Phil start opening doors, the guys seem to maintain close. . . Indeed, James slams a couple of close. As voyeurs, we are invited to egos dashed entitled crushed raw nerves fraying at the point and more than a little food, self-pitying and Prima Donna posturing as Metalliboyz older and are forced, with a constantly changing music industry and life itself.
      One of the most moving moments is a confrontation / reconciliation with Dave Mustaine. A Misty eyed Mustaine simply submit the pain he endured in the years since he (literally) has left the band. Just an unpleasant Lars try, and its full understanding and implementation of the decision – for good or bad – is that things are not scripted, can not be traded, it is life.
      for themselves from it alive, stronger, wiser and full of hope, acceptance and promise. What this remarkable documentary record is similar to see the dead back to life. This is raw, inspiring, powerful stuff, and in its own way, something of a miracle.

  5. Ulf says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica shares their feelings
    Filmed for about two years during the making of the poorly received album “St. Anger”, “some Kind of Monster is a healing journey into the hard-beating heart of rock & roll”…

  6. Orane says:

    Very good documentation, which is addressed to all that have a strong interest in the inner structure of a rock band. Equal parts story and back kitchen-sink drama, “Metallica – Some Kind of Monster” is an honest, self-indulgent, but look into the private world of multi-millionaire rocker at the end of the day, simply can not their love and Respect for each other, and the band they have made so famous.
      bandleader James Hetfield, fresh out of rehab, constantly locks horns with “I-just-wanna-play-rock-n-Roll” drummer Lars Ulrich, and spends most of his time worried about his self-imposed 4-hour working day, and whether he himself wants to be in the band anymore. Ulrich meanwhile Hetfield counterfeits in the interest of mental relaxation, the farce of “text-by-committee” approach to the new record, and seems happiest when his multi-million-dollar collection of modern art under the hammer for prices. Guitarist Kirk Hammett equivocates on most of the major decisions and discussions, but comes as a guy just want the best for his band and his friends. All that much to Metallica's credit, mercilessly captured by the camera crew. These include the most bizarre aspect of the film in which an ever-present middle-aged Dr. Eugene Landy-kind, by the band for $ 40k per month to help and impart their feelings to others, to preside over most of the discussion, and comical attempts ingratiate themselves into the band in a creative capacity. He is definitely a chance, despised by Ulrich in particular and live on borrowed time. The scene in which Hetfield himself has had enough of this pseudo-guru, and tried to dismiss him, is perhaps the most unpleasant in the whole film.
      come from the best producers are Bob Rock – clearly the voice of reason and the only person who by all the band – which gently moves from Metallica which they want to, and new bassist , Robert Trujillo, whose sparks audition the first genuine musical camaraderie throughout the documentation. His arrival seems to be the perfect resolution for the film as Hetfield and Ulrich two decades of friendship will be updated and they begin to see new potential and importance to play in their band. Recommended.

  7. Audrina says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The documentary film Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is an example of a not so good piece of art about a subject that is not so good.

  8. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Monster Family
    A couple years back a film friend of mine put this film on his must-see agenda. He’s a documentarian, so I didn’t understand how a pop doc could stoke his interest.

  9. Gale says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    interesting portrait of has-been rockers
    Let me agree with everyone who thinks Metallica’s best music is far, far behind them. I also agree with everyone who thinks one or more members of the band are self-important or…

  10. Linaeve says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Rock Documentary
    I thought this was a pretty cool documentary. It was entertaining even if you aren’t a fan of their music.

  11. Humaira says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    An engrossing portrait of one band’s journey to personal hell and back, Berlinger and Sinofsky’s “Monster” makes for fascinating viewing regardless of personal musical tastes.

  12. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Shark Sandwich. …
    I don’t really know where to start: I can’t reconcile that the same guys can own the rights to such a brutal character demolition (done entirely hara-kiri style) and be so brave…

  13. Jennyl says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Crippled Giants
    Much like the band’s music since 1991, Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster is a total dud. All we really get is some “insight” into what makes Lars and James tick, which is…

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