Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Anvil: The Story of Anvil - DVD - 7/1/10

Every review you have already read about this will have talked about "Spinal Tap". That's not lazy reviewing, it's just impossible to talk about this film without being reminded of Rob Reiners mock-rockumentary. I mean, the drummer is called RobB Reiner for goodness sake!

If you didn't know better you would be forgiven for thinking that this was a spoof of a spoof. It's not, it's a real look at a real band.

Anvil were, at one point, destined to be the next big thing on the metal scene. Drawing admirers from luminaries like Metallica and inspiring many others it seemed like success was just around the corner. Several corners later and Anvil are still gigging but to ever dwindling audiences and to zero interest from the music business.

The real joy of this film is found in the relationship between lead singer "Lips" and drummer Robb. Here are two guys who have been buddies since high school and despite all of the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations they remain totally committed to one another. They shout at each other, they fall out every day but they are bound together by their love for one another and their belief in what they are doing. That belief may be misguided for two men in their fifties but you never pity them...instead you find yourself cheering them on and sympathising with them.

Maybe the best movie about being in a band ever.

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