With the return of Mötley Crüe and getting a whiff of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy before the feds stepped in, it seems that hair metal is the latest fodder for 80s worship that seems to be in this decade. Anvil, a second-tier hair metal band from Canada that flirted with the top tier with 80s albums such as Forged with Fire and Strength of Steel, have been immortalized in rock doc form. Strangely enough, Anvil! The Story of Anvil received Best Documentary honors at the L.A. Film Festival. That would imply that the film has cinematic value, and upon its Sundance premiere and some reviews imply that’s exactly the case James Rocchi of Cinematical called it one of the best rock docs ever made, heaping the following praise on it;
And then, suddenly, you realize that Anvil: The Story of Anvil isn’t about metal; it’s about hope. It’s not about rock; it’s about belief. It’s not about dreams; it’s about work, sacrifice, friendship…Gorgeously shot, possessed of both deadpan comedy and real insight, Gervasi’s film is as fair — and unflinchingly honest — as you would want a real friend to be.
Long live 666! [Daily Swarm]