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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 July 2004 (USA)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Hetfield ... Himself
Lars Ulrich ... Himself
Kirk Hammett ... Himself
Robert Trujillo ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Avery Eric Avery ... Himself
Cliff Burnstein Cliff Burnstein ... Himself
Cliff Burton ... Himself (archive footage)
Crazy Cabbie Crazy Cabbie ... Himself
Stefan Chirazi Stefan Chirazi ... Himself
Dylan Donkin Dylan Donkin ... Himself
Erica Forstadt Erica Forstadt ... Herself
Gio Gasparetti Gio Gasparetti ... Himself
Mike Gillies Mike Gillies ... Himself
Lani Hammett Lani Hammett ... Herself
Zach Harmon Zach Harmon ... Himself
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Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary. Written by Mathias Nielsen

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,359, 11 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,222,708, 24 October 2004
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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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According to 'James Hetfield' Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) was originally to be a 6 part mini-series for VH1 inspired by the success of MTV's The Osbournes (2002). However, after seeing much of the footage the band felt this was not a direction they wanted to take their careers and bought out VH1's rights to the material and made the film as you see it today. See more »

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Lars Ulrich: That's a shit sandwich.
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The Monster lives
1 September 2004 | by ikremnietvoorfrankdeboerSee all my reviews

First of all, let me say I'm a Metallica fan so this review is unevitably biased. But then again, what review isn't? We all know Metallica are great business men, so the first question that arises is: is this movie a marketing tool? Even though I'm sure the movie will be a commercial success, my answer to the question is no.

Metallica's record company wanted the movie to accompany Metallica's 2003 release St. Anger as a weekly series of 30 minute reality TV to get the word out about the album. Metallica not only rejected that idea, but even decided to buy out the record company and release this a year later as a movie instead. We can only thank them for it.

This movie is certainly not a commercial for Metallica. We get to see the ugly side of Metallica. And it's ugly alright. We see Lars calling James a dick, shouting 'fuck' right in his face and getting drunk while selling his millions of dollars art collection. We see James yelling at Lars, slamming the door, checking in for rehab and after that demanding everyone to only work from 12 to 4. We see Kirk being a sissy the entire movie.

The title of the movie refers to James; he explains how Metallica has been a beast to him over the years. But Metallica has undoubtedly been a beast to others as well. Dave Mustaine is one of the most successful musicians in heavy metal with his band Megadeth, but apparently is still haunted by him being fired from Metallica. Nevertheless, the movie is ultimately about James' 'coming of age', changing from an angry alcoholic to a man who has managed to balance his personal life with the life in Metallica.

I have one beef with the movie. Around the end Lars says Metallica have proved that it's possible to make an angry record through positive energy. While I believe him when he says that, I do have to say I hardly saw any of that energy in the movie. In fact, it's a small miracle they managed to finish the album at all.

Even though not everyone is a fan of Metallica, I can recommend everyone to see this movie. See, this movie is not about the music. It's about people. People who struggle with themselves, with each other and with the outside world. It's also a unique look inside the workings (and non-workings) of a world class band and into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. This documentary is a landmark that upstages the album which creation it was originally supposed to document.


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