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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A fascinating subject (the creative mind in crisis) portrayed in a solid manner. I appreciate that the kinda sloppy post production do not diminish the value and the intricate developments of the process portrayed. Even after 15 years of its release, this documentary brings a lot of light to the rock band mythos which, in the end, is always over romanticized for the worst. Neat film.
This is a bit of an odd movie. On the one hand, the band invited the film makers in during a period of intense turmoil, and they apparently were not concerned about what was being captured. On the other hand, the band comes across as particularly attuned to themselves as a commodity and making sure they, as product, are reading the market correctly. This disjunction is more interesting than the music they are making.
Interesting character portrait of the musicians during their most troubled period. It give some interesting background to the band but it would have been nice to have seen and heard a couple of whole song performances or a full concert to make this film perfect. There could have been a little less whining from Dave Mustaine too as it is sad to see him still dwelling on the past like this as a ditched, bitter ex-wife.
I wanted to watch this movie when I was thirteen and really into Metallica. I didn't get a chance to until very recently. I think my thirteen-year-old self and I would disagree a lot about this movie and about the members of Metallica during this period of their lives.
The beginning of the end for the band who used to be at the forefront of heavy music. A probe into a band who have run out of ideas and therefore can't function together as a unit. Whilst fascinating, the intimacy is at times difficult to watch and the mystique of the band is shattered forever. The scene where Lars' father takes a metaphorical dump on he album when it's played to him is just too much....
There is nothing more gratifying than watching self-serious machismo exposed for all its petty disfunction and buffoonery before the camera's lens. This movie is a spot-on depiction of the opposition between mass media expectations, capitalist interests and "art."