Anvil – Review (Film)

Anvil tells the true story of two hard rocking friends, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner,who have been in the band Anvil since they were 14.

Despite sharing the stage with Bon Jovi & Whitesnake in 1980’s, and influencing a generation of bands from Metallica to Anthrax, Anvil are the forgotten men of rock.

The film sees the band struggling through a succession of small, badly organized gigs that often end up with them not getting paid.

Anvil really is a story about friendship and hope – Lips believes in the band so much, even after investing 40 odd years in it, that it is always feels like salvation is just around the corner… what they often get is a kick in the balls.

The music is good in my opinion, if you like your rock hard then you’ll enjoy this and I was humming ‘Metal On Metal’ for a few days afterwards.

Anvil is a great film, it does have a positive message and some warm moments but it’s an emotional rollercoaster as much of the film shows the hardship and effect of being on the road for so long with so little success.

It reminds me in many ways of a music based version of The Wrestler. Aging band tries one last ditch attempt at making the big time. On the plus side as this is a true story and not fiction, hopefully the success of the film will bring Anvil the good times they deserve.

Rating: 8/10

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