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Great movie, but at the same time overrated
I used to swear that this was one of the best movies, especially best independent film and one of the best screenplays. But after watching it many more times, it does dawn on a viewer that a lot of things are amiss in this movie.
First there is the acting, where nearly ever character has at least one take (that made the final cut) where they have a noticeable pause because they either (A)forgot their line (B)got tongue tied on the dialogue Kevin Smith wrote up.
The dialogue itself is the second major flaw in this movie. It's really hard to count this as a definite flaw when it does so much for the movie, but at the same time it is obvious that cons of the dialogue: (A)covering too much essential material too briefly (B)statements that are too long and elaborate for the given actors to do them justice (C)unrealistic detail and stream of conscious in the character's statements; out-weigh the positive aspects: (A)humorous anecdotes and tangents expressed through tirades (B)unique character interaction.
This is not to say in any way that this movie is poor, but these attribute bring it considerably below the mark of 7.9 that IMDb voters have given it.
If you are tired of hearing all this new s**t about going back to their roots, just kick back and watch this.
They cover all the essential songs that made them great, and it is really a very good show, and a very well done project overall. Only thing that makes me mad is that I was not at this show! Even if you could care less about any Metallica material, this is still worth watching a good few chunks of. Kirk Hammet shreds and plays some Hendrix at one part. Jason, new bassist at the time, shows off. And some awesome lighting and stage effects throughout.
Hell even punk-rock gets it's moment with a wicked cover of The Misfits.