Tell me what you knew about Metallica before this movie
I knew there was a band called Metallica.
Tell me how you first thought this movie might be worth seeing.
Well, on our honeymoon, I begged you to take me to The World's End. I really wanted to see that movie because I love Simon Pegg. And I saw the trailer, and the music kinda seemed cool, so I'm like, "Huh, that looks interesting." And you just jumped at the opportunity to take me to the movie.
You'd really never heard any Metallica song - not even "Enter Sandman"?
I still really don't know what "Enter Sandman" is. I guess I'm going to have to look this up on YouTube.
It's the one that says, "We're off to Never-Neverland."
That song was in the movie?
Yeah. [hums opening riff]
Oh, that one! Yeah, I never heard it before the movie. And I still don't know the names of the songs - this was like my very first time ever hearing Metallica.
Tell them what you thought "Master of Puppets" was.
The devil. Because it's like [growly voice] "OBEY YOUR MASTER!" and I'm like, okaaay...the devil...but then you told me it was about drugs. I was off-base.
So what did you think of the movie?
You know...I liked the music. I thought the music was something I could get into. I liked the movie overall because I got that it was very minimalist, and that the movement was corresponding to the songs. The one part I really liked was the scene where the people were trapped in the [Death Magnetic] coffins and they were trying to escape - I wanted to see more of that, actually, because that was a cool effect.
What about the way the movie was filmed, and all of that?
Honestly, it looked fine to me. It wasn't eye-popping 3D, but it felt like you were actually there at the concert. That was pretty cool.
What about the parts of the movie that weren't the concert?
Again, that was fun. It moved along nicely. The only part I didn't like was in the very beginning, there was a song they interrupted with action, and I was just kinda like, no, finish the song! Once they figured out you had to finish the song and THEN show the kid and his journey, it worked out fine. Because the song was actually pretty good, and then ARGH! They interrupted it.
What did you think the kid's journey meant? Because obviously it wasn't completely realistic.
Just from my experiences of knowing roadies and people like that...he might have been on one major trip. It might have been a spiral of a drug trip. I've known roadies for U2 and the Stones and everything - and a lot of those guys get pretty wasted. Not any more, the old-timers, but when they were young they did everything.
Would you recommend this movie to anyone?
If you're looking for some music, and you want to see a Metallica concert without actually buying tickets, I think it's pretty cool.
Would you say that it needs to be seen in 3D Imax?
In Imax, yes. In 3D, no. Nothing popped out at you like swords poking out, or guitars flying at you, but in order to get that immersion of actually being in the front rows of a concert, I think yes, you need to see it in Imax.
Were you able to make out any of the lyrics to these songs you'd never heard before?
Some of them, absolutely. Some not. It was a mixed bag. But honestly, I'm more of a beat person. If the beat's pretty good and it's not TOO offensive - obviously if it's a pretty good beat but the song is saying "worship Satan or else," I'm probably gonna reject it. But if it's got a good beat and it's talking about depression, it's like okay, fine.
Anything else you can think of?
Um...when's Saving Mr. Banks coming out?
That's not relevant to this conversation.
Oh. Well, nothing then.
Metallica: Through the Never opens in 3D Imax theaters tomorrow, and others next week. The title song does not appear in the movie.