“Anvil: The Story of Anvil” (2008)

Anvil the Canadian metal band was an inspiration for young metalheads who went on to bands like Guns N Roses, Antrax, and Metallica. Yet Anvil never made the big time. This documentary, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, follows the band, led by lead singer Lips and drummer Robb Reiner, both now in their 50s, as they continue to pursue their dream of heavy metal stardom.

Directed by a former fan, this is a surprisingly sweet homage to this little-known band, and the movie pays tribute to its fictional fore-runner, director Rob (no extra b) Reiner’s classic, This is Spinal Tap. It also reminded me more than a little of last year’s The Wrestler, though it’s much more affectionate and hopeful. Quite charming, actually.

2 Responses to ““Anvil: The Story of Anvil” (2008)”

  1. Amy Says:

    This is next up on our Netflix queue. And I just bought It Might Get Loud…hmmm, maybe a double feature?

  2. girldetective Says:

    I haven’t yet seen It Might Get Loud, but yeah, that will be a good duo. Anvil is very much a love poem to metal rock.