Wow, these guys are absolute twats. But this is an entertaining documentary, and well worth a watch. I am by no means a fan of Metallica, in fact, I can’t stand them. But I do love a music doco, and this is a corker, made by the filmmakers who made the excellent Paradise Lost films this is a rough and ready portrait of ego overdrive from everyone involved in the band, apart from lead guitarist Kirk Hammet, who seems like a nice chap. Filmed over a couple of years as the band record their 2003 St. Anger record it charts their attempts to stay together and make the record. Long standing bass player Jason Newsted quit the band just before shooting began, so to keep things together they hire a therapist ($40,000 a month!) to help them get along. Hilarity ensues as they squabble and act like dicks. I thought I was watching Spinal Tap a few times. New bassist Robert Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies is the other nice chap in this, he looks great when he plays bass, stalking around the stage. Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield seem to have no control over their egos and are quite unlikeable.
Date watched: 10th June
Film count 2017: 29
Here’s Robert before Melattica: