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....
'Demi-gods of Canadian metal'. Well folks, that's all you need to know. First, not metal, but rock, 2nd, Canada sucks (and yes I'm from there). Inspirational material certainly, just two undermen trying to make it 'big' in our lost society. (Yup, surely nothing to do with making tons of monaaaaaay.) If they truly were artists they would focus on the music and not the fame.
THis was aired on Canal+ last week, and the magic of metal is still raging in these guys' blood! Yeah, "family's important shit, man!" What's disheartening though is the latent hypocrisy prevailing in the music business: "yeah, you're very good, but we're very afraid of not being able (having real balls) to trust you enough by producing your otherwise marvellous album..."
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.
Not many movies get me so involved in peoples dreams but this one did. I really wanted Anvil as a band to succeed and I still do. The guys feel and are real as their dreams and the movie captures the journey - the story - of Anvil with all of its glory. Weirdly it reminds me of Spinal Tap even though this is a documentary.