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Mission To Lars Reviews

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½ January 11, 2016
Everyone should see this film. Not about Metallica at all, a nice kid with autism trying to live his dream.
November 14, 2015
A truly wonderful, moving and uplifting documentary.
September 11, 2015
This film changed my life - partly because I made it but mainly because it helped my brother who has a learning disability discover a whole new world that most of us might take for granted. It also taught me the incredible power music has over most of us.
August 12, 2015
An emotional road trip with laughter, music and plenty of drama.
June 20, 2015
Good short doc.
Defo worth a watch.
½ September 1, 2014
A beautiful documentary that leaves you smiling. Would have been brilliant with any band but the fact it's Metallica is a plus!
½ July 17, 2014
Brought a smile to my grumpy face :)
½ July 1, 2014
A charming low key/self made documentary about brother & sister documenting their journey with their disabled brother to simply meet Metallica's Drummer Lars Ulrich.

There isn't a lot to this film it's more the determination of the brother & sister never giving up to get their brother ultimately in front of Lars.

Eventually they do get to meet Lars & that scene & the one that follows is quite touching...it's a small film with a big message.
April 28, 2014
This is a touching documentary which no-one thought would make any impact at all. It was filmed in 2009 where a brother and sister wanted to make their disabled brother's dream come true, and they decided to make a little home film of their little adventure. But, this is a big adventure, and it's a touching, moving and heartwarming documentary about meeting your heroes and family ties. Tom Spicer has a rare form of autism called Fragile X Syndrome, in which he has severe learning difficulties, and he lives in a care home in Bristol. However, Tom has one crumb of comfort in his life, and that's that he's a huge fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. Tom's sister Kate and his brother William make him a big promise, and they will take him to meet Lars Ulrich in America. So, they fly out to California, and hire out a motor home and follow Metallica on tour in the hope that Tom will get to meet Lars Ulrich, but because of Tom's condition, poor Tom gets cold feet, but Kate and William are determined for the meeting to happen. Films about mental illnesses can come across as mawkish and sentimental, but there's something very uplifting and joyous about this film, and it's a film about the love of family and how far you'd go to meet a hero, no matter what comes in the way. It's well worth a look, and you don't have to be a fan of Metallica either.
December 27, 2013
A great documentary about a young man with Fragile X Syndrome's families attempts to try and fulfil his dream - to meet Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Excellently pieced together and heartwarming throughout this is what documentary film making should be.
½ November 21, 2013
Fair documentary although the actual subject matter probably doesn't warrant a film of this nature. It's really just a personal family fan thing with no underlying social or wider emotive reason to do this other than to satisfy a sibling promise
October 21, 2013
Admirable and well-intentioned, but plays more like an amateurish BBC Three documentary.
October 12, 2013
Mission to Lars is the story of the Spicer children; older sister Kate, middle child Tom and their younger brother William, the hook here is that Tom has Fragile X, a form of autism. Tom like so many with his condition lives in a specialized residence away from his family and in constant care. It has been Tom's dream for many years to meet Lars Ulrich, drummer in the band Metallica. The film charts their attempts to help make their brother's dream come true whilst at the same time forcing them to reassess and reappraise their family connection with a brother they feel they are guilty of neglecting.

The appeal here is quite simple, the story of two siblings arranging for their brother to meet his rock god hero is just the framing device for a story about family relationships. Even the few scenes intended to inform the viewer about the condition are provided through the brother and sister expanding their own understanding of what their brother lives with. It makes for compelling viewing, as it is pure voyeurism, an expose of the Spicer family. Although one finds it hard to believe the entire trip went as well as it did here, there is no doubt either that they have really held back in terms of content either.

This unpolished approach to the difficult family interactions allows for two other factors to creep in and to creep in successfully. The first is that the audience is instantly transported into the role of the frustrated sister; we are not viewing her through the fourth wall we are right in the action with her. This in turn feeds the second, the viewer is also anxiously waiting, and the viewer is also worried that Tom will retreat from the situation or that Metallica will cancel everything.

The film is not without its faults; the brother William is an unsympathetic character and thankfully the editor has kept his interaction from behind the camera to a minimum. There's also an attempt at building a narrative bridge before the crescendo of the concert finale through a montage set to Devendra Banhart's "Cripple Crow" which feels at best tacked on, at worst like something from a different film that was edited in by mistake (and I like Devendra Banhart).

At its core is a film that will make most viewers rethink (even just a little) their perceptions of people with autism and the struggle their families must have, a film that will serve as an eloquent reminder of the true human nature that lies within people with autism. However, its uneven tempo and unpolished nature will perhaps rob it of long term appeal or repeat viewings.
October 4, 2013
Proper cheered my day up, massive respect for Lars!
October 2, 2013
I enjoyed this film but I was wary of the focus on disability. This film might strike the wrong chord with anyone who hasn't lived around an individual autism for lengthy periods. Some have even said that Spicer and her brother are taking advantage of Tom, the protagonist, by using him as a gimmick. But this doesn't seem to be the case considering how much emphasis they place on the distance between them. Part of the challenges of autistic individuals is accomplishing ambitions despite the limitations of the condition. For this individual to even get close to accomplishing a goal or a desire is something to be applauded. If this film furthers the filmmaker's career as well as mending some broken family bridges then so be it. It's such a feel good film!
½ October 2, 2013
Great film - very moving, Lars Ulrich comes across as a total Gent - says a lot about overcoming fear.
September 20, 2013
Lovely, this mission's success will make you smile (probably with tears in your eyes).
September 18, 2013
Admirable and well-intentioned, but plays more like an amateurish BBC Three documentary.
September 6, 2013
One of the most disturbing things I have seen in a reality film. Anyone with any emotional intelligence can see that Tom genuinely does not like his sister and can probably tell that she is using him for the specific means of making a film.

It is obvious at the beginning of the film that they both moved to London years ago to pursue careers and hardly ever go to see him and frankly could not give much of a damn about him. Now all of a sudden they come up with an idea to make a film and decide to use him and his disability to make it.

"Heart warming" "Beautiful" are the views of some extremely gullible people as that's what this pair of "Heartless" " ********" wanted everyone to think was happening.

This is my first ever review of anything. I actually watched it about 3 months ago and still feel this strongly about this disgusting film.
May 29, 2013
more about the high tense situations the sister creates than anything else. Lars is cool.
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