- For the heads 10/13/2018 12:00:00 AM by visionarybloc
Generally speaking, when pop culture tries to portray metal culture, or metalheads, or even just extreme music, it ends up being, at best, something vague that gestures in our direction. But this full length professional film did metal right. I was surprised too.
- A surprisingly good Finnish comedy 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM by jere1988
I am a (Finnish) metal head so I had some expectations when I bought the ticket. At least the subject was close to my heart. Finnish comedies in general are broadly cringe-worthy and I have not paid for a movie ticket to see a Finnish flick maybe ever before.
It has many funny moments for a regular Joe, but definitely you are going to be able to pick up much more from this if you are familiar with the metal scene. Subtle references to Finnish artists here and there put constantly a smile on my face.
There are a few interesting characters, and one absolutely hilarious one.
Some scenes were completely not funny and unnecessary for the story to be interesting. Still the good scenes and lovable characters were capable of making me laugh numerous times, so the overall feeling afterwards was very good.
- Hilarious spoof destined to become a comedy classic 4/22/2018 12:00:00 AM by mewalsh-27309
It's not easy for non English language films to acquire cult status, but the Finnish Hevi Reissu ("A Heavy Metal Trip") has as good a chance as any. A cross between "The Full Monty" and "This is Spinal Tap", the themes are about facing your demons, whether asking out the village's prettiest girl or daring to perform in public. Well worn clothes these, but especially the film's first half hour has a enough good gags to bring the house down with laughter.
No serious knowledge of heavy or any other kind of metal is needed to enjoy the inspired lunacy. Even if the jokes slow a bit in the second half, there's still enough wit to carry the film through its increasingly fantastical plot and logical conclusion. Criticism about the ending doesn't resound with this viewer: metal music is about fantasy and myth, well injected here.
Released initially in only a few Finnish cinemas as a late night romp, this film is a joy waiting to be discovered worldwide. Let's hope the subtitlists have talent.
- Spinal Tap for a new generation 12/5/2018 12:00:00 AM by DeadMansTrousers
This movie had me laughing hysterically the entire time. It plays on every single "metal head" stereotype and it does so successfully which is what makes it so funny. This movie will easily looked back on as a cult classic years from now.
- Utterly charming 8/24/2018 12:00:00 AM by alboeshow
I think this movie turned me on to metal music. As a comedy, it was a grand romp with some sincere heavy laughs. Sombre and sad at imes. You'll laugh and cry. It will leave you smiling.