A music documentary about the trials and tribulations of the heavy metal group Metallica as they cut their first album in six years. The members of one of the most successful heavy-metal band in history submit to two years of intensive group therapy to work through conflicts in their 20-year working relationship.
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who begin filming the mighty heavy-metal band Metallica in early 2001, turn what might have been a conventional behind-the-scenes rockumentary into a riveting, intricate psychodrama. After nearly 20 years together, Metallica was in something of a funk, and they hired Phil Towle, a therapist, to help them through their artistic and interpersonal struggles. At its core, "Some Kind of Monster" is the portrait of a marriage: the angry, sustaining partnership between James Hetfield, the lead singer, and Lars Ulrich, the drummer, who founded the band as teenagers and must figure out how to keep it going now that they're in their 40's. A. O. Scott
2004-07-09 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster