Watch: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed anger and aggression. Between searching for a replacement bass player, creating a new album and confronting their personal demons, the band learns to open up in ways they never thought possible.
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Honest portrayal of a band on the edge
I saw this film at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and was fortunate enough to hear some Q&A from the director after.
The two words that best describe Some Kind of Monster are “brutally honest.” This is a no-holds-barred look at a band that has played together for two decades and is on the verge of disintegration from internal conflict, external pressures and creative stagnation. We see the members of Metallica not as icons, but as flawed individuals in a close, but often tumultuous relationship that has lasted longer than many marriages. At a fundamental level the seem to love each other, but as with many long-term relationships, they sometimes reach the point that they cannot stand the sight of one another.
Can they survive? Well, the mystery is obviously abated by knowing how the story ends (the production of the album St. Anger and the subsequent tour); but it in no way detracts from this interesting examination of the process of separation and reconciliation.
Central to the story is not only tension the band members experience in once again trying to bottle the lightning of musical success, but the fundamental changes taking place in James Hetfield’s life as he enters rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction. While Hetfield’s personal battle takes place off-screen, we see the powerful impact it is having on the rest of the group.
Some truly standout moments include the interaction between Lars Ulrich and his father Torben (an amusing and brutally honest character); the long-delayed meeting between Lars and Dave Mustaine (who was kicked out of the band in the early 80s and went on to found Megadeath); a long band meeting which consists mainly of screaming obscenities; the band’s search for a new bassist; and the almost surreal scene of Hetfield attending his daughter’s ballet recital.
If you wish to see the members of Metallica as icons, then Some Kind of Monster is probably not for you; however, if you would like an up-close view of them as very real human beings, then I highly recommend this film. Love them or hate them, you will bring something away from Some Kind of Monster.
Some Kind Of Problem
Full disclosure:I’m yet another of those “Love the first four albums, hate the rest” Metallica fans. I approached the documentary a year after it came out and with no preconceptions. I hadn’t heard the “St. Anger” album. And I was, well, not shocked exactly but quite disappointed. Not with the film, which is interesting in a trainwreck sort of way, but in the fact that the train ever reached a point that it crashed. When Metallica came along they were SPECIAL! I purchased several albums the day I purchased my first album by them (Master) and they totally blew not only MY mind but the minds of the other rock fans in the small town I grew up in. Metallica became “our” band, much as they did for many others.
I just watched SKOM again to see if the passing of years had been kind to it. They haven’t. Watching James attempt to get himself sober and Lars being a whiny spoiled child is definitely entertaining in all the wrong ways. Lars telling James that he’s being self centered is, ironically, the most self centered thing I’ve ever heard a rock musician say. Kirk Hammett almost seems to have Stockholm Syndrome. He seems so kowtowed by the two leaders makes me believe he feels he couldn’t do anything on his own and he is stuck. Which may very well be true but it’s hard to watch. The entire thing is hard to watch. 40 something year old millionaires attempting to be angry teenagers is unflattering and frankly embarrassing. After the release of the documentary and the horrible album that came from these sessions, Metallica attempted to release another album on which they “went back to their roots”. It was no better. Now in 2016 and a full eight years since their last new music was released, Metallica is for all intents and purposes on par with the current lineup of KISS. Going out flogging the hits, being the world’s greatest Metallica cover band. Jason Newsted left the band just as SKOM was being filmed. He made enough money in Metallica that he can do what he wants with his time and talent now with no concern over cash. For Metallica it’s all about the money. Sad But True.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 21 min (141 min), 1 hr 24 min (84 min) (USA), 2 hr 15 min (135 min) (Nashville) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Documentary, Music
Director Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Actors James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Country United States
Awards 5 wins & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video
Cinematographic Process DV
Printed Film Format 35 mm