At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal” influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time.
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This is a wonderful and very moving documentary about actual artists. Not those shitbags you'll see in the papers or on tv.
It is also a documentary proving that the music industry is fucked.
... and I didn't cry because it was sad. I cried because I had the feeling that I might end up like these guys. Which is great and very depressing at the same time.
if there's a heavy metal singer crying in his band's documentary and not making it corny, it's anvil's steve ludlow. that's how heavy metal he is. and if there's a documentary about a then famous and now struggling heavy metal band and not making it boring, it's anvil! the story of anvil. that's how heavy metal the documentary is.
I like those really symphatic guys, following their dreams year after year and trying to start an international career. And the music actually is very strong. In spite of some chaotic passages it's a documentary well worth seeing.
This band's story is a hopeful and endearing rock fable that touches the heart of many, even non metal fans like myself. Robb and Lips are two dedicated artists who never had the recognition they deserved.
Traurig berührend, wie es heute um Anvil steht. Genauso faszinierend und schön, mit was für einer Leidenschaft die Jungs nach 30 Jahren Bandbestehen das alles noch machen. Ein wertvolles und lehrreiches Stück Dokumentation.
I'm not a heavy metal fan so I can't contextualize their journey. Just from listening I can't tell whether they deserved more recognition than they got. However, as a film about a band trying to keep it going year after year for the love of the music (as cliched as that sounds) it is moving. They come across as decent guys and I was touched by their fans that come out, whether in a tiny club or early on a big bill.
Anvil are very charismatic and their enthusiasm for their craft is infectious. It's also poignant how chronically unsuccessful they are are, almost to the point where it is exploitative to follow them around. A scene in Eastern Europe where the venue want to pay them in stew, would be too ridiculous for Spinal Tap....