An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process: Berlinger and Sinofsky chronicle the personal and professional struggles that members of Metallica went through after the 2001 departure of their bass player. Yes, it’s indulgent, suspicious in its intent: I wasn’t sure how I felt about the filmmakers getting access to the group’s therapy sessions with a “performance/talent therapist.” Towards the end, the whole thing smacked of a public relations stunt-cum-infomercial for Metallica–and a rather long, indulgent and self-congratulatory one at that. But, if you remove yourself from the ego-driven motives of this project, you’ll find an affecting story about very smart and ingenious musicians struggling and succeeding at doing their thing.
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Cast: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Bob Rock