Cut to the present day, and Kudlow and Reiner are still at it in
their fifties. They may have day jobs, they may have families to
support, or who support them, but they are still pursuing the same
adolescent dream of rock stardom in a band whose latest line-up
includes two of their younger fans. British filmmaker Sacha Gervasi is
himself a one-time fan who as a teenager in the Eighties accompanied
them as a roadie on two of their American tours.
As he catches up with his former friends and heroes in this
endearing documentary, they are going on a semi-disastrous European
tour, and are reunited with their very first
producer, Chris 'CT' Tsangerides, in the hope that he can bring back
some of their glory years and give them the breakthrough they have been
chasing for decades.
The Story Of Anvil,is a tale of mishaps, anguish and chronic
rejection, as bad management and the advance of time all begin to take their toll on the band – but thanks
to Kudlow's seemingly limitless optimism and his enduring friendship
with Reiner, it is impossible not to be charmed by his arrested
development and to find yourself rooting for his eventual success even
as you laugh at his many failures.
The greatest irony, of course, is that if anything is going to
resurrect these dinosaurs of rock, it is this film. So expect a huge
comeback some time soon from Anvil, the band that never quite went away.