The “short list” of films being considered for Best Documentary nominations for the Academy Awards has been released, and somewhat surprisingly, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil has been left off (along with Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story) despite massive critical acclaim (and not just in the metal circles – everywhere).
It’s a shame on two levels, because I’m always for metal being presented to a larger audience in a real and honest way where it isn’t a caricature. And while I didn’t love-love-love the film like others, I thought it was a very unique look into a world unseen by not only most people, but even metal fans. It’s brutal and tough seeing a band so down on its luck and blindingly dedicated. It does have quirky Spinal Tap-ian moments, and it is uplifting and inspiring to see two dudes extremely dedicated to each other and their passion.
A word of advice if you haven’t seen it, though. Don’t be like the blindly “fuck the world” metal dudes yelling at the movie during the screening I attended. No, the guy’s sister who has supported him numerous times both morally and financially for decades and now ponders if it’s time to give up is not a “cunt”, she’s being a reasonable adult. While the film is fun and inspiring and a testament to dedication, it should also be a cautionary tale. I call it Anvil! The Story Of Why You Need To Get Out Of This Business Just Before You Become A Joke. Everyone has an expiration date, and unfortunately some don’t have the self-awareness to know theirs came a long, long time ago.
It’s certainly a must-watch for not only metal fans, but anyone who’s stayed their course after many, many failures.