Anvil! The Story of Anvil


Director – Sacha Gervasi

Starring – Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Robb Reiner


At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal,” influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams.



‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ was always destined for greatness. Sacha Gervasi, a fan of the band, said something along the lines of “All I had to do was point the camera at them and they came up with gold” (apologies for not being able to find the original comment). After 5 minutes of Lips explaining the weekly schedule of the catering company, you know exactly what Sacha is talking about.

A!TSOA rightly focuses on Lips and Reiner, who, when together, form a Lorell-and-Hardy-esk comedy duo; minus the stunts. The dialogue is too absurd for quotes (even one of the camera men had to question Gervasi on the authenticity) but it is the timing that will have you curling over in pain. When watching the film, however, there isn’t a moment when you question what they are saying or doing; this probably due to the well constructed introductions, which quickly demonstrate what you are about to witness for the next 1.5 hours.



A!TSOA is easily comparable to ‘Spinal Tap’ and if you found that film funny you will almost certainly feel the same way about this one. However, there is a depth to A!TSOA, as friendship, perserverence and growing up are all issues that are duly raised in this magnificent film.

Hope this one isn’t too short for everyone, I really recommend seeing it any way you can. If anyone has any questions about it feel free to ask and I will not only answer, but try to fit it in to a re-draft (as I’m so awesome). Oh, and thanks to IGN for your continued support… :/


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