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Imaginatively shot and edited, Metallica Through the Never is an electrifying, immersive concert film, though its fictional sequences are slightly less assured.
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Even as someone who finds Metallica's music silly (ditto the movie's incoherent apocalyptic fantasy sequences), I was floored by much of the visual imagination.
It's all very appropriately overblown, and director Antal gives the fireworks as much attention as he does each performer.
A gigantic spectacle, a virtual-reality experience that is both ridiculous and sublime, sometimes in the same moment.
Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs.
Metallica is as fierce and intense as ever, and the greatest hits set the band performs is a barrage of heavy riff-age that captures the band at its most vital.
Metallica: Through the Never- three-quarters-concert film, one-quarter-disaster epic-is the most fun I've had at the movies this year.
For a loyal fan, this is something of a godsend.
Two films wrangling for dominance and neither finding the purchase necessary to succeed.
If Through the Never's attempts at creating a story-and-performance hybrid are only partially successful...its concert footage remains its prime selling point and strength.
If Through the Never was a straight ahead concert film it would be a masterpiece of heavy metal showmanship. Yet this is a two headed beast, with one side charging forward while the other is sitting lame in a state of morose confusion.
An over-the-top though very entertaining concert Metallica concert brought to life through the eyes of a stage crew member (Dane DeHaan) who begins to not be able to tell what reality is anymore, thus suffering apocalyptic hallucinations that threaten to spill over into the show. Admittedly, I am a huge, huge Metallica fan, so the concert itself is pretty great. However, the subplot involving DeHaan fails pretty hard, to the point where it is just utter nonsense. Still, when the focus is on the show and the visuals Metallica puts on display, it is impressive and enamoring. In the end, it feels unbalanced and confused as to what it wants to be, and the result is a mixed bag.
A roadie goes on a mysterious errand during a Metallica concert. The parallel narrative successfully breaks up the tedium of pure concert footage, but it's basically just a 90 minute music video that will be a must-see for fans of the band and of little interest to others. To me, every Metallica song sounds like a man furiously yelling at his malfunctioning washing machine.
Awesome, brilliant concert by Metallica, Through the Never is what a music film should be. Featuring an intense live performance by Metallica, this is a highly engaging and very unique film experience. Even if you're not familiar with the band's music, or are a fan of the band itself, Through The Never is a surreal experience one that has the power to divide its audience. With a blistering heavy metal soundtrack that sets the pace for this concert, Through The Never is a must see experience for metal fans and rock fans alike. Nowadays, I must confess that my opinion on Metallica has been varied. I really enjoyed Death Magnetic, but hated their collaboration with Lou Reed; nonetheless, they always seem to redeem themselves. Through The Never is that redemption. This will surely appeal to the fans of the band, and Metallica plays several classics here. There is a subplot of a roadie on the search of a satchel for the band, but is never fully elaborated upon. But it doesn't matter, the band performs well, and delivers a hard hitting set, and you couldn't ask for a better concert film. The visuals are great as well, and the film is a truly unique experience from start to finish. For any fan of this music style, this is a must see. For me, as a metalhead, Through The New is an accomplished film that definitely exceeded my expectations. When I originally heard about this film, I didn't know what to expect, but director Nimrod Antal has made the finest film of his career, and quite possibly the finest concert film in many years, at least since Iron Maiden's Flight 666.
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