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So, last night P and I went to see Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.

If you have ever, at some stage in your life, been in a band, you have to see this film. And even if you haven't, you have to see it anyway, because it's so damn entertaining. It's incredibly funny (Kirk Hamnett! And his ickle girly South Park-esque voice! He's brilliant. Especially the bit where James Hetfield is going on about how he feels like he's being ignored and no one ever listens to him, and Kirk Hamnett says in a quiet little voice, "that's what it's been like for me....for the last 15 years." And everyone just ignores him! Awwwww).

And, if you have ever doubted it before, it will convince you that Lars Ulrich is an enormous tool. The tantrums! The "creative input"! Oh, man. The look on poor old James Hetfield's face when Ulrich is going on about how Hetfield used to write the songs but now they're all having equal input and it's really great is just wonderful. And as for Dave Mustaine, the former guitarist who went off and formed Megadeath and still hasn't got over being shoved out of Metallica TWENTY YEARS LATER - okay, he's a huge whiney pathetic baby (he'd just be tragic if it weren't for the fact that his subsequent band were enormously successful so it's not like, oh, I lost my one chance at success and I'm a total failure). But when he said, to Ulrich, "I just miss Lars, my little Danish friend!" I went into a fit of near-hysterical laughter and couldn't stop giggling for about five minutes.

The funniest thing about it, though, is that as it goes on you start really rooting for the band. When they started getting everything together I found myself really hoping they'd pull it off. By the time they took to the stage at the end of the film - and the start of the tour - I was ready to start cheering myself. I suppose that must be the power of ROCK. Even ROCK that just totally reminds me of the Grove circa 1990.

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yiskah
Oct. 14th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
Ha! Mark has been trying to get me to see this, and I keep being all CAN WE GET OVER THE METAL OBSESSION ALREADY. Perhaps I'm going to have to relent.
stellanova
Oct. 14th, 2004 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, you have to see it. I am no Metallica fan and never have been (in fact, I seem to remember laughing heartily at the lyrics to that preposterous song about the legless, armless man when I was about 16) but I loved it.
barsine
Oct. 14th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
What did you think of Lars's dad? And Dave Mustaine's really odd facial expressions? Was the audience completely made up of old rockers and tiny teens in metallica t-shirts when you went?

I was rooting for them to, and WILLING them to escape the clutches of Dr Phil!
stellanova
Oct. 14th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC)
Oh my God, his dad was terrifying, like a sort of mad gnome! And yes, Dave Mustaine did seem to be sort of gurning in anguish. The fool.

And actually, the audience was made up of the aforementioned tiny teens and lots of 20-somethings like ourselves! Who may have been secretly former-tiny-Metallica-fans. The tiny ones never seemed to laugh, but the old timers certainly did!
anglaisepaon
Oct. 14th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
I was the only girl in an audience made up entirely of white men (dragged by a boy, of course). I kept getting swatted by my friend for giggling "at inappropriate moments" - that film was so funny I almost forgive them for their stand against Napster.
andypop
Oct. 14th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
You've got to see it. I mean I am not known for liking the metal, but it is just so good.
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