Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Title: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Author: Independent Spirit Award (2004)
An intimate look at one of the biggest hard rock bands of all time, with over 90 million albums sold. The film takes you inside the studio and into the psyches of Metallica. Includes over seven hours of massive bonus features.
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 soundtrack), filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky spent two years with Metallica as the band survived the defection of long-time bassist Jason Newsted, struggled to record St. Anger, and recruited $40,000-per-month “performance enhancement coach” Phil Towle to counsel members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett as they confronted alcoholism, creative obstacles, and themselves in an effort to determine the viability of Metallica’s future. With sincere hope, honest discussion, and the hiring of new bassist Robert Trujillo, Metallica battle their personal and professional demons, showing the vulnerable side of a business that thrives on raging testosterone. The effort pays off for everyone involved, especially the fans: Like the ultimate backstage pass, Some Kind of Monster is a healing journey into the hard-beating heart of rock & roll. —Jeff Shannon