While a lot of today’s popular music stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are pumping out “concert documentaries” to make a few extra million dollars and promote themselves in positive, edited new lights, credit is due to Metallica for taking that idea and punching it in the balls. James Hetfield and Co. wanted to make a massive concert film for their fans, but they wanted to make something new, so they combined live music footage with an actual story. Who says aging millionaire rock stars can’t still deliver sort-of-creative ideas?
In Metallica: Through the Never, Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle) plays a Metallica roadie sent out to get green M&Ms or something, when his van is struck by another vehicle and he finds himself in the middle of a massive riot between anarchists and the police. All the while, Lars Ulrich is twirling his drumsticks and making duck faces while Hetfield screams, “YEEEEEAAAAAAH!!!”
With the new trailer for Through the Never out this week, Ulrich has been in Cannes doing promo for the film’s IMAX debut on September 27, while also probably complaining about stuff.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves a little bit and try and do something different and try and bring a little bit more of a film element in to it, a cinematic element to it and I think we have done that,” explained Ulrich.
“Whether anybody loves the film as much as we do we’ll have to wait and see in a few months, but the one thing I can guarantee you, which there is no question about, is that it is a very unique film. Nobody has ever seen a film quite like this.” (Via STV Entertainment)
Unless, of course, you count Howard the Duck. That was a documentary, right?