Metallica: Through the Never
You can really tell a lot about a person based on the music that they listen too. If you were to go through my friends computer, you would be likely to find Nickelback and Queen. So with that, you can tell that he listens to a lot of rock, which means that he’s very laid back, yet a true American conservative, as a lot of the music asks for a lot of freedom in style. If you go into my iPod, you may find a lot of music styles ranging from rock to classical. This would tell you that my pallet is large, and is very open to trying anything once.
Going further into my content, you may come across the band known as Metallica. I have only been a fan for about two years, yet I find myself listening to their music a lot (except whenever I work). Yet the other interesting subject is that I don’t listen to much heavy Metallica. Why is that so? I think it has to do with how the group tends to blur the lines of what kind of rock they will play. “With Nothing Else Matters” I get a hint of folk while “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is more thrash rock while “Creeping Death” even goes into Christian metal. I love a band that is open to exploring musical talent within their players.
So if One Direction and Justin Bieber can get a concert film, then why can’t a band as legendary as Metallica get one? Well my wish was finally granted with the bizarre Metallica: Through the Never. It’s clear that this group wanted to make a concert film, but a different concert film. Attached to the set list is a narrative story. A story that sends it’s audience into hell to the soundtrack of Metallica’s greatest hits.
As the band is preparing for big arena show, a young roadie named Trip (played by Dane DeHaan) has arrived to both work and enjoy a free gig. In the middle of “For Whom the Bells Toll”, he is sent on a mission to pick up a bag that the band needs. He gets in his van, pops a pill and drives off. He starts his decent into madness when he’s hit by another car. Getting out of that scrap, he comes across protesters, riot police, and a horseman that’s out to kill him. At the same time, real footage of the band continues to play their songs, letting it guide the story of Trip.
What have I gotten myself into? Though I’m happy to get a different kind of concert movie, Metallica: Trough the Never was something I was not expecting. It looked like that director Nimród Antal wanted to join the ranks of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, by crafting something that may have a lot of deep messages. I just don’t know what they were. As beautiful as the narrative scenes were (not to mention another good performance from DeHaan, fresh from Chronicle), they were vague and don’t ad much to the real show, Metallica.
Unlike the previous One Direction movie, Metallica gets an entire arena with a 360-degree stage. They take every advantage with cool props (they even manage to construct a lady of justice statue and let it crumble all under one song), coffin shaped video screens and even a multimedia floor that allows blood whatever the band needs for their songs. The concert was the best seat in the house to the IMAX group I was attending with as each angle captures the raw talent of the strums of the basest and beats of the drummer. Sit back and enjoy to hardcore music.
I’ll give this four deadly horsemen out of five. This will probably be a tough sit through for mainstream film audiences, but metal heads and fans of Metallica are going to love this. I hope that someone else can decipher whatever the narrative scenes were trying to get across.