Metallica's latest addition to the film world is Through The Never. Now I am gonna make this review fairly short and sweet, but before I do, go watch the trailer for this one so we are all on the same page. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Did you see it? Okay good. So your take away from that trailer was probably something like this....A Metallica Concert infused together with a post-apocalyptic story, probably being ushered along by the band’s music. If you thought that then you and I were on the same page at this point.......and we are both wrong.
Metallica: Through The Never is a concert film, with small blips of a weird nonsensical story oddly layered through the show. Even if you read IMDB's summary of the movie we get this: "Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure." Kinda makes it seem like this story will be the bulk of the film right? Not even close. Trip's character, played by Dane DeHaan, doesn't speak throughout his small time in the film. His story is disjointed and kinda pointless, with a super annoying cliff-hanger ending. Maybe this is supposed to be thought-provoking, but it just comes across to me as annoying.
I wouldn't have a problem with this film if they would have just laid it out straight. I love Metallica and their music, so if they told me I was going to see a concert film, then I would have said "Great!" but don't pull me in with trying to make it seem like this is something that it is not. I don't appreciate the bait and switch. So when we take the "movie" off the table and just look at what we have got to work with, things are much better. I have never seen Metallica live and have always wanted to, so getting to basically see their whole concert was pretty awesome. These guys sounded great and looked great. They had killer sets and special effects. I loved all that. The music was all the hits that you wanted to hear from them.
As a movie I give this one an F, because that bad music-video type story was awful and unnecessary to the show. If anything it got annoying towards the end of having to cut away from the show to watch it. As a concert movie it gets an A. It is a great show! So rather than going in blindly, just be aware of what you are getting yourself into with this one. This is a concert movie and NOT a movie.