ANVIL- The Story of Anvil

February 22, 2009 by Clark 

This excellent documentary follows the misadventures- and indeed adventures- of faded 80s metal icons Anvil. While their contemporaries went on to sell millions, Anvil, erm, didn’t.

This is the story of their determined struggle to never let the dream die, even if it means playing to four people in a bar in the middle of mainland Europe, not getting paid, and getting turned down by every record company around.

Funny, poignant, uplifting and surprisingly moving, this is a fantastic piece of documentary filmmaking from Sacha Gervasi that manages to capture the absurdity of the metal scene and life on the road while never making the band themselves seem foolish.

There are moments where you’ll be laughing, but there are more moments where you just want to shake their hands for being so dedicated and such decent people. There is real joy for them in what they do, and it is that unabashed enthusiasm that makes them, for the duration of the film at least, seem like the greatest band that have ever played a note together.

Billed as the best rock movie since the classic Spinal Tap film, this is superior to that film as this is true, not a spoof, and it gives viewers a very heartfelt and honest look into the lives of a bunch of guys who refuse to let their dreams die.

This is to be commended, and quite honestly, this film deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Brilliant.

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