In the tradition of heavy metal documentaries like The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, the 2004 film Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is a revelation. But probably not for the reasons the band imagined when they initially signed on to make a Metallica movie. Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky followed the group around and filmed them for more than two years. The result is an almost 2.5-hour documentary that shows the world's foremost heavy metal band behaving in a very... well, not heavy metal way.
All the players you expect to find are here: vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo. Former members Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted make appearances as well. Oh, and there's a therapist who also plays a significant role in the movie - because all great rockumentaries prominently feature mental health professionals.
But the who of Some Kind of Monster isn't nearly as telling as the how; i.e., how this group of seemingly opposites who can't get along, or maintain a working relationship, or have any mature degree of self-awareness, have somehow managed to be such an undeniable success. And in revealing themselves, they prove to be far less rebellious and metal than their public personas suggest.
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