Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal: animated action-fantasy anthology movie for adults. Technically, it should really be called Heavy Metal, and soft rock, and a great movie score”, but that’s nitpicking… all you need to know is that the soundtrack is very varied and really drives the movie. The over-arching story is ambitious and comes together in the vein of a grand intergalactic rock opera with elements of Noir / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Sword & Sandals – something for every type of nerd.. The 9 segments were made by different animation studios – giving each one a unique style, and they’re all so fantastically rendered that it feels like a showcase of the best hand-drawn animation of that period. Being a ‘cartoon for adults’ this is packed to the brim with violence, gratuitous nudity, and ladies with unimaginably large waps (it is based on a French fantasy magazine made for alternative teenage boys – duh). As with most anthology movies not all parts are created equally, and ‘trippy’ doesn’t come close to describing the more eclectic parts of the story; clearly all of the drugs were been taken during the making of this, it’s probably the most 80s thing I’ve ever seen – at least since Tenebre. You have two choices with Heavy Metal: try to figure it out, fight it, and piece it together, or simply let it wash over you and absorb the crazy-good, now-defunct retro animation.

Score: 6.5/10

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Soft Landing

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Grimaldi

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Harry Canyon

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Den

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Captain Sternn

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B-17

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So Beautiful and So Dangerous

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Taarna

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Epilogue (Loc Nar)

 

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4 comments
  1. Klaus said:

    It’s been years since I’ve seen Heavy Metal – time for a revisit I think.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I think it’s probably aged badly because it’s *SOOO* 1980s, but I love it for that same reason. Very nostalgic, and there’s really nothing that looks like this coming out any more.

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  2. Heavy Metal is such a classic. One of those films where it’s fun and weird from the get go, and the music is like nothing else. I gave up trying to understand this one pretty quickly though!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yeah – definitely some hooky storylines and plotpoints throughout. Will definitely be watching this periodically though to take in the lost animation style.

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