Metallica: Some Kind
of Monster (15)

Director: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
USA, 2004, 2 hours 20 minute

What happens when the wild men of rock get in touch with their inner child? This is a bullshit-free glimpse of Metallica, the world’s most successful heavy metal band, when they get together to record a new album. But the competitive pressures that fuel both the musical creativity and the self-destructive behaviour have taken their toll. They can barely stand the sight of each other but all the time they are taking advice from a homely therapist paid $40,000 a month to keep them together. Rich in black comedy (at times outdoing Spinal Tap), sometimes excruciating, it’s like witnessing a car crash in slow motion - you just can’t help but watch. Not just for fans, this is a real insight and great entertainment for anybody remotely interested in the billion-dollar rock machine of the popular music industry.

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