Brent J. Craig
Chris Nashawaty
September 30, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
80 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/10/09
director
Sacha Gervasi
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

It’s too bad the title Almost Famous was already taken, because this fantastic rock doc about a couple of aging Canadian metalheads still clinging to their golden-god dreams is both sadly tragic and oddly inspiring. When Anvil! The Story of Anvil came ? out back in April, deluded frontman Steve ”Lips” Kudlow and jackhammer drummer Robb Reiner were called a real-life Spi¨al Tap?which is spot-on. But that doesn’t do their deep, dysfunctional love of thrash metal (and each ? other) justice. EXTRAS include an appropriately silly commentary and deleted scenes of Anvil’s other founding members that seem worthy ? of having made the final cut. A

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