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Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

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They say truth is stranger than fiction. And Anvil: The Story of Anvil simply reeks of This is Spinal Tap. They even reference some of the classic mockumentary themselves (Hello Cleveland!).

Anvil was the biggest “could have been” rock band possibly ever. Although they played with the likes of Metallica, they were never widely popular. And now decades later, original members Robb Reiner (Not the director of Spinal Tap) and Steve “Lips” Kudlow are still trying to hit it big. A big tour across the world is the perfect opportunity to continue their dream. But like most bands, there are crappy venues, bad managers, and arguments to be had.

The best thing about this movie is the two people it features. Both Lips and Reiner have their own personality quirks, their own motivations, and their own style that becomes more and more apparent as the film progresses. Their love for the music and the band and also each other is what keeps them together throughout the bad things. I was surprised with how touching the finishing scenes were.

My Rating: A-


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