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Heavy Metal Reviews

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January 2, 2017
Immature, but worth a watch for the experience.
December 19, 2016
The movie Heavy Metal is in many ways what the Disney's Fantasia was for classical music. Various metal songs are placed throughout different story lines. The common theme of all the story lines is a green orb that is the summation of all evil. The green orb tells a little girl its long history of wreaking havoc and chaos across the universe.

The first segment is with a cab driver in futuristic New York that gets involved with a damsel in distress. The girl is trying to get rid of the green orb, and has an offer of 300,000 to buy it from her. The cabbie Harry gets involved to keep her safe, only to find she will double cross her for greed. The second segment a nerdy teenager gains massive powers from the orb and is transported to another world. He saves a virgin about to be sacrificed and takes on the empire that includes an evil queen and her minions. The third segment involves a space captain that has gone through some heinous crimes, and pays off a witness to testify that he is a spectacular individual. The orb however mutates the witness into a giant who then wreaks havoc on the courtroom and city. The fourth segment features a World War II bomber that has a bunch of its men murdered, and then are subsequently turned into zombies by the orb. The fifth segment has an alien spaceship abducting a couple people. A robot (John Candy) then seduces one of the prisoners, while the pilots get high and nearly crash the spacecraft. The final segment, and the best of them all starts with the orb manipulating a bunch of men into ruthless warmongers. The owners of the city make a last effort and summon a Taarakian warrior. A beautiful one comes to the city on a giant velociraptor like bird and gets revenge and destroys the orb.

Heavy Metal is an interesting idea for a film. The concept art and style of the movie is quite original and works well for the type of film. Some of the segments seem pointless and could have been left out. The last segment inspired the sequel Heavy Metal 2000. Like many movies of its kind, the movie has a better idea on paper than it has execution. The film has some great concepts and ideas, but could have been much better. The fusion of the soundtrack with the orchestral score was one of the film's better strengths. The dark and mature themes will detract most, but fits well with the themes of most of the music. Heavy Metal is still an influential and cult hit type movie that is generally underrated for what it tries to accomplish. Hopefully the film day will one day get the budget and a director that can truly make this concept shine.

-12.19.2016
October 20, 2016
A collection of gonzo fantasy and sci-fi with an awesome rock and metal soundtrack. I never get tired of it.
October 19, 2016
Uneven and paced odd, yet animated with vision that's fun and silly.
August 29, 2016
An icon of late 70s sci-fi/fantasy thought and style.
August 23, 2016
The animation, art style and music are all top notch but if you're looking for a good story you came to the wrong place.
½ August 21, 2016
An offensive, sexist but hilarious movie that not much people can enjoy, but you can laugh about how they could have released this amazingly animated comedy in the 80s.
FINAL GRADE: B
August 13, 2016
1940's Fantasia Is My Tenth Favorite Film.
½ August 10, 2016
The badassary x 1000000000000000000000
July 4, 2016
Great animation styles merge in vignettes with rock iconic tracks make this a classic.
June 24, 2016
It's interesting to watch and it has some nice animation going on. It has a nice soundtrack going in the background, but.. if does feel juvenile and sexist.
Still it was better than I though in some other aspects.
May 25, 2016
one of my favorite animated movies very hardcore art work was very good for it's time favorite short stories were Harry canyon I'm Danny B52 and Taarna the defender
½ May 8, 2016
Decent Adult-oriented animated film. Pioneer for it's time. A lot of gore, breasts, and cool visuals. Very Michael Bay.
April 24, 2016
Several good tunes, but where's the film?
This has a plot that might have been thought up by several pre-teens immersed in their first all-night drinking binge - with an uncle's vintage Playboy's for inspiration. Even Ebert wrote a better script. A shame if you browse through the depth of the cast.
January 19, 2016
I feel like watching this movie got me high
January 18, 2016
Fun but flawed animated film that holds a place in the genre in exploring darker areas but not a real classic due to some juvenile storytelling. The main problem with the movie is that, while claiming to be a 'mature' animated movie, plays more like a juvenile male fantasy, particularly in it's depiction of women, who always seem to get naked & throw themselves at every man they see. Even Taarna, the warrior heroine of the final story, is depicted in a skimpy outfit that manages to disappear more than a few times. That's not to say there aren't some good stories in this anthology, with "Harry Canyon" playing like a tech-noir in the vein of 'Blade Runner', while the "B-17" is a classic horror tale. Visually, the animation is gorgeous though uneven, though even today it's something to see violence & sex depicted realistically in animated film. Taken in the context this was a time the Disney-style of family friendly films dominated Western animation, it's even more so. The voice cast is solid for the most part (the late, great John Candy brings plenty of humor & personality to all his roles) and the soundtrack, from the rock songs to Elmer Bernstein's score, is a classic. Overall, as a film by itself, it's not that good, but as an historical animated film that broke new ground, it's worth a place in any fan's collection.
December 12, 2015
Un film cool qui a marque une generation.
October 17, 2015
Dated, probably moreso then it seems. The soundtrack is nice though not as memorable as it could have been. The animation varies, some segments are good and some are poor. As far as the trashy elements, they're picky, but it all ties in with the film's "cool" factor that makes it a fun watch though a guilty pleasure.
October 11, 2015
Bizarre animation, even more bizarre storytelling, tons of animated nudity, and a classic metal soundtrack, rightfully give his movie it's status as a cult classic.
September 13, 2015
Despite graphic violence, language, and explicit nudity, Heavy Metal has AMAZING animation, interestingly dark interwoven stories, excellent voice acting, thickly written characters, and most of all an absolutely kick-ass soundtrack, all of which make it the finest example of American-Animated films.
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