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Anvil! The Story of Anvil Reviews

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September 21, 2017
Great documentary on a band that never quite made it.
July 22, 2017
They ignite huge respect. It's the story of art and culture for the masses that contribute but don't "make it". But they confuse the issue of success as they are such worthy fellows (and obviously adored and loved by who are close to them).
July 16, 2017
No need to be a lover of their music to feel the sincerity and utter sadness of a band called Anvil. The ups and mostly downs of these innovators of heavy metal that never "made it" are shown through past events and current club dates where they were lucky to draw ten people. A really fun ride!
½ December 9, 2016
achingly entertaining and i don't even like metal!
½ August 30, 2016
Given the amount of praise it has received, I did expect something more. Yet, although it doesn't really offer anything extraordinary, the insight into touring, recording and trying to release material in a not-so-welcoming market is of interest. Lips and Robb are both very likable and their strong friendship along with their shared passion for their music result in some very touching, even deep moments. As a metalhead and Anvil fan, the parade of bigger names paying their respects is precious.
April 22, 2016
Decent documentary about the heavy metal band "Anvil" who achieved some early success and then fizzled out fairly quickly...yet the band continued together for the next 25-30 odd years, with constant setbacks, often playing small gigs and not getting paid. It is an entertaining doc about the band attempting and struggling to make a bit of a comeback. The film is a bit inspiring, even when it just seems like they are hitting failure after failure and setback after setback...but they persist in their dream, maybe even knowing full well that their glory days are long behind them. I'm not the biggest fan of heavy metal (particularly the 80s when they peaked), but it was a good doc about a couple of Canadian guys who had a dream, achieved it briefly, and seem to have spent the rest of their lives working at getting that back...even when working regular jobs to support their families.
½ March 19, 2016
Great movie, but also heartbreaking.
February 7, 2016
Anvil were the band in the early 80's that toured with Bon Jovi, Whitesnake etc and while those bands went onto become very famous and make a lot of money for some reason Anvil didn't. The movie shows us two geezers who live ordinary lives and still play live shows around Canada to only a handful of people. It's a huge fall from grace from what you see at the start of the film. Everything that these two men do is a struggle, but they keep going and they do it for the love of music and playing together. There are a lot of high's and lows and it is a movie which shows us that being in a band ain't as glamorous as some people think.
December 7, 2015
Disclaimer: You do not have to be a fan of heavy metal to enjoy this movie. The story of the band Anvil is more than a music documentary about a band. It shows that when you have a dream and you have passion for something that you love no matter what the odds are against you, in your heart you never want that dream to die, you never want to give up. Heavy Metal started becoming hugely popular throughout the 1980's. So many bands formed, some made it huge and continue to be wildly popular today and some fell into obscurity. Bands like Metallica and Slayer are still selling out venues in 2015. I have to be totally honest, I am a huge metal fan and I had never heard of Anvil until this movie. It is just a really strange story surrounding this band. How they went from being really popular and selling a lot of albums and playing huge festivals around the world, to practically dropping off the face of the earth. The band didn't break up, there wasn't an issue with one of the members so it is really hard to explain what happened. But what this documentary delivers is a group of guys who want to give it one more shot and think they still have it. But in the end they really end up looking silly and rather ridiculous. If a band like Pantera where to somehow do a reunion tour they would be selling out arenas across the world without a doubt, but some bands just do not have that draw or staying power at all. In this documentary they are back on a reunion tour playing tiny bars and in these tiny bars there are maybe 8 people watching. Some venues the owners are not even going to pay them. It is actually really sad to watch a bunch of guys who cant let go of their dream. The entire film you are thinking, yeah man go for it, good for you ... but at the same time you are thinking, wow you guys really need to step back and realize its just over, and way over.
½ October 23, 2015
Follows the two best friends as they have the opportunity to do a European tour with their band. Things don't work out the best, but for this band it doesnt stop anything as they have been together making music for 35 years. They hit their high point 25 years ago, but havent given it up. Somehow they come up with the $30,000 to produce an album, but end up releasing it on their own when no record companies are interested. Also, they work shit jobs, yet seem to have rather nice homes. (But we all know they keep a bag of gold around their necks.) Interviews with fellow metal musicians as well as family members and long-time fans add good depth to this documentary. This film is great for the metalhead who wants to learn more about this great band, but sometimes it seems that they were hamming it up, being overly dramatic for the camera (a la so many ?reality" programs). So many Spinal Tap similarities! At least this film has helped to generate wider interest in the band.
August 17, 2015
A great rockumentary! It is sad at times, funny at others, and is, truly, a masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. All the acclaim that the film is getting is well-deserved, I loved it!
May 27, 2015
This rock documentary is sometimes a little funny and sometimes a little sad. But overall it just seemed too much like a home video about some ordinary people and music I couldn't really connect to or care about too much. There should have been more story and guts here to make it worthwhile. Instead they used a lot of swearing to compensate. 1001
½ May 3, 2015
A real riches-to-rags rock story with heart.
February 26, 2015
The previews look interesting. This will be a good nooner movie.
January 28, 2015
I urge everyone I know to see this.
½ January 11, 2015
Very good documentary. Great piece on friendship, family, heavy metal, and unwavering passion.
August 24, 2014
This isn't Spinal Tap - it is a pretty simple and likeable doc though, which balances a vanload of contrivances with lots of knowing winks to docs rock and mock, and good use of its two lead players.
½ July 24, 2014
An over-wrought, partially staged, Spinal Tap-esque sap story about never-was' trying desperately to become has-beens, "Anvil!..." has a heart but it also has embarrassing levels of cloying sentimentality that makes it even harder to watch.
½ May 20, 2014
Funny, heartbreaking, and enthralling. I came into this thinking I was gonna see a real-life Spinal Tap situation, but the takeaway is definitely richer than I hoped. It's a story of perseverance and determination to chase your dreams no matter what. It's a story of friendship and brotherhood, to be able to say the hard and hurtful stuff to someone you love. But ultimately, it's a story of music, of a passion that can't be bottled.
May 2, 2014
Heart-warming documentary about a Canadian metal band that would have deserved more acclaim for their contribution to the thrash metal genre. What makes it fascinating is the fact that Anvil are still touring (along their very average day jobs!) without cashing the big money like Metallica or Slayer.
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