ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL
Rocking On and On and On. . .
Release Date: April 10, 2009
Runtime: 90 minutes
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Rebecca Yeldham
Address Comments To:Richard Abramowitz, President
The movie opens with a rock festival in 1984 in Japan where Anvil, a heavy metal band from Toronto, Canada, sees some success with the song “Metal on Metal.” Thirty-five years after meeting at age 14, drummer Robb Reiner and singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow are still together 20 years after that concert, still trying to make the band really popular.
Anvil is depicted as the ultimate underdog. As one famous metal guy puts it in the movie, “Everybody’s just sort of ripped them off and left them for dead.”
The documentary shows the band going through a bad European tour and spending money to make a new album with a better producer. Through it all, they get support from their families, some of whom still have hope and some of whom have lost hope.
The director of this documentary does a good job of making viewers root for his underdog subjects. Even so, it’s hard to say whether this topic deserves a full-length feature. Of course, heavy metal and rock star success is all that motivates the two protagonists. Also, there are positive references to Satan, 666, rebellion, and lewd behavior. The movie shows, however, that even iconoclastic, satanic heavy metal rockers extol the importance of family and friendship. Thus, at the end, the movie focuses on the close relationship between the two protagonists and their families. In the final analysis, all people, including those who reject God and those who make documentaries about heavy metal music with a satanic attitude, are living in God’s universe under His rules.
The director of this documentary does a good job of making viewers root for his underdog subjects. Even so, it’s hard to say whether this topic deserves a full-length feature. Playing heavy metal music and rock star success is all that the two protagonists want. Also, the documentary contains positive references to Satan, 666, rebellion, and lewd behavior. The movie shows, however, that even iconoclastic, satanic heavy metal rockers need their families.