Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Gervasi, 2008)

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)

There is a whole lot more emotion, and this is much more poignant than I ever would have expected. This film documents the two remaining original members of the metal band, Anvil, as they try for one last push at fame and world-wide popularity. Funny enough, despite being about a metal band, and directed by an ex-roadie of theirs, the film is at times quiet, poetic, and features a soft, moody score. It’s art film meets heavy metal – a strange combination that actually works.

The way Gervasi edits this together is obviously manipulative (he switches around the order of two important events to create a more dramatic conclusion), but the words coming from these two guys feel very genuine. Lips, the lead singer, is an eternal optimist who actually has a lot to say about happiness and success. Robb, the drummer, is about as good a best friend as you’ll find. He was less outspoken, but despite a few minor quarrels, always had Lips’ back. So though the editing is mis-guided, Anvil is very funny and often sad, but overall a very good experience. 8.25/10

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2 Responses to “Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Gervasi, 2008)”

  1. I think this review is spot on. I left the movie feeling sad that they’d never made it and SO hopeful that someday they might. It even made me want to go and buy their CD!

    • Yeah, it was really odd how I wanted them to catch a break, even though their music is not my taste at all and their lyrics sometimes offensive. 🙂

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