Saturday, 12 February 2011

The Story of Anvil (2009) [* * * * * *]

I've been such a fan of rock and metal over the years that I've seen many documentaries - The Who, Led Zeppelin, etc. - but this must be the best I've ever seen.

For the first time in the history of music, you see the real struggle behind the passion to perform. There are so many things that can go wrong that it just isn't about the music anymore - its an industry.

Anvil, which inspired many bands like Metallica, Anthrax, etc. missed the boat when it came to fame. And in this movie you see them growing old, in their 50s, but not giving up. And you wish with all your heart that it pays for them eventually!

I loved it. In the movie, the band goes on a failed tour of Europe, struggle to make money to pay for the next album, then find all the record labels reject their work and leave them in debt! What stands out is their talent, incredible relationship and unbeatable optimism.

They fight, make up, cry, do crappy jobs, love their families, worry, hurt and yearn and fear -- its all so real you could be one of them, or it could be your life. And their fans come through for them - the documentary is made by one of their fans.

Don't miss it! And the irony is that the critically-acclaimed documentary brought them the fame that they so richly deserve - they've had great success since. lol


Shazia said...

It must be their never give up attitude I love so much!!
I love that unbeatable optimism as you put it!!
Think I should put this on my must see list too!!

Yoda said...

Yeah! I guess its true that if you love something enough to keep at it, it'll eventually pay off for reasons unknowable. lol!:)