Favorite New Films: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

posted by Richard Gill


Because I work in a movie theatre, I see a lot of movies. Not as many as The Joe, but I see my share. Truth be told, I watch the majority of movies at home because after a week of working at a movie theatre, the last place I want to be is at a movie theatre. The movies I do watch are mostly documentaries, and because I’m in a band (plug, plug), they’re music documentaries more than anything else. Which brings me to Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

I went into this thinking it would be just another music documentary, but came out realizing it was so much more than that. It’s not just a movie about a band trying to make it, it’s a film about two guys living out the dreams they’ve had since childhood. From touring the world and playing sold out shows with Scorpions and Whitesnake in 1984 to playing barely-filled bars in Germany in 2006, this film follows the two constant members of Anvil on their quest to rock n’ roll stardom.

While the trailer plays up the humor value of the film, which there is a handful of, you mainly see two grown men and their families trying to deal with the possible failure of what they have set out their entire lives trying to achieve. You’re there as they set out on an ill fated European tour, during failed attempts at trying to sell their newest album to record companies, and as they work their regular day to jobs. Through out the entire ordeal, they never give up their dream of being rock n’ roll stars.

For every Metallica there are 100 Anvils. For every Joe Mauer there are 1,000 “Moonlight” Grahams. For every person living out their dream, there are countless others that will try and fail. More than anyone else, this film is for those people.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil is now playing at the Uptown Theatre.

Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 10:00 am