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Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Rated R) Gavin Grade: A+ I am not a fan of Hair Metal.  Musically, I could care less about this band from the '80s named Anvil.  In fact, I was only 4-years-old when they reached the brief height of success.  But now it's 2009 and this Canadian band is STILL playing music and STILL trying to make it even though 30 years have gone by.  This movie is about that journey.  But as it turns out, it's about much more than music.  The documentary is a better version (which is no easy task) of the 2000 documentary "American Movie" but it's failed musicians this time and not failed movie makers.  It's directed by Sacha Gervasi, who fought to get the movie made since he is and still has been a loyal Anvil fan all these years.  I would think that the urge to make this movie and throw yourself in front of the camera and become part of the story (a la Michael Moore) would be overwhelming, but Gervasi doesn't do that.  In fact that is part of the reason why it's such a charming film.  That type of subjective filmmaking would've made the core of the film seem less authentic and that is the human relationships that the two main characters have with each other and their families.  Lead Singer, "Lips" Kudlow and Drummer, Robb Reiner (not the Director/Actor) are more than bandmates, they're lifelong friends that share a bond that most brothers don't even have.  It honestly made me miss my best friend (who lives on the East Coast) even more than I already did.  Through the strength of their friendship and the impressive and moving love of their families the band is able to go on.  Because of that soulful impression they make on the audience, you find yourself routing for these guys even if you think their music is crap.  "Anvil" is one of those rare movies that is hilarious, heartbreaking and triumphrant but even more importantly...real.  It's the perfect movie for anyone who's still chasing the American Dream...which is ironic because they're Canadian.


05/03/2009 2:21PM
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
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05/03/2009 7:28PM
I love music docs. Can't wait to see it! Great review!
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