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Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

May 5, 2009

VERDICT:
9/10 Stonehenges

If you’re like me and don’t have plans in the near lifetime to see Obsessed, catch this one before it’s gone. Anvil! The Story of Anvil is honestly the first really good movie to come out in 2009.

It’s a documentary that revolves around the two founding members of the metal band Anvil, their fifteen minutes of fame in the early ’80s and their subsequent thirty-year journey to recapture their former glory as rock Gods.

If you love metal and you love movies, then I think the synopsis speaks for itself. But if you’re like most people who don’t like metal and are just now realizing that I’m not talking about blacksmiths, don’t get dissuaded and buy tickets for Wolverine instead. I heard it sucked anyway, big surprise.

The thing that makes Anvil! great isn’t the music, because it’s not about the music. It’s about the people who make the music and their determination to do what makes them happy even if no one else is there to listen.

Anvil! runs the emotional gamut: it’s hilarious, it’s entertaining as all hell, it put a lump in my throat, and had me whistling “Metal on Metal” all the way home. If you can find it, go see it. If not, give it the #1 spot on the Netflix queue.

If you’ve always felt like you’re destined for greatness, go see this movie. If you hate your day job and you’re amazed at how much you can relate to Office Space, go see this movie. If you’re going to be watching For the Love of Ray-J reruns for the next two hours, get a lobotomy, then go see this movie.

Doesn’t matter what generation you’re from or what kind of music you listen to, you’ll like this movie. You can do better than Beyonce headbutting that girl from Heroes.

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