CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Metallica: Through the Never" is EPIC Midnight Madness from 1970s weekend cinema

Growing up, local movie theaters like Wometco Deerfield Ultravision used to have a cool thing called "Midnight Shows" on Friday & Saturday nights. These "Midnight Shows" featured either Grindhouse movies or live concert documentaries like **Wings Over America** or **It's Good to see you again Alice Cooper.** With the advent of **Saturday Night Live** and home video, **Midnight Movies** joined the endangered species list of entrepreneurship.
Leave it to producer Charlotte Huggins to bring back nostalgia for a time gone buy. A veteran of 3 D family entertainment, Huggins has produced **Metallica: Through the Never,** a concert video with a surreal visual narrative thread. **Metallica: Through the Never** will not appease the **Lawrence Welk Show** program, but Heavy Metal heads my age and younger will want to experience it.
As the band Metallica (James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Urlich, Robert Trujillo) begin performing their sold out apocalyptic concert, Trip the roadie (Dane DeHaan) is sent on an errand to retrieve a leather bag. Much like "Rosebud" from **Citizen Kane** or the briefcase from **Pulp Fiction,** the leather bag is the plot's "MacGuffin" and Trip's quest to retrieve the bag takes on epic proportions.
Deep thinkers and fans of the band will enjoy **Metallica: Through the Never.** There are some fantastic visuals of Trip the roadie confronting a vicious van accident, a street battle between anarchy & order with drops of apocalyptic terror mixed into the film. The unrelenting guitar shreds the viewer's nerves, but there is a soothing denouement that one leaves the film refreshed.
The beauty of seeing this concert in 3 D is that one can study the details. Monster Maven Kirk Hammett's blistering guitar solos are enhanced by his movie poster tributes to Vincent Price & Boris Karloff that can be found on his guitars. With this attention to detail, one can appreciate the depth of **Metallica: Through the Never.**
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