Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Heavy Metal (1981)

Adult Animated Movie #2 

Synopsis: Glowing green orb creates mayhem amidst pulsating rock soundtrack and gratuitous nudity. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “A universe of mystery. A universe of magic. A universe of awesome good.... and terrifying evil.” 

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, large-breasted women exist in every corner of the galaxy. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You appreciate any heavy metal.
Really?: 1) See: “What Did I Learn?” and “Synopsis” 2) Funny how this was a Canadian production, yet producer Ivan Reitman didn’t include a single piece of music from a Canadian artist. 3) So, everyone really, really wants to possess the Loc-Nor, even though the simple act of touching it causes instant death. Um....what’s the attraction, exactly? 4) Hold on – the Loc-Nor is destroyed in another dimension, thereby destroying it on Earth in the present day? So, how does it wind up on Earth in the future? Come to think of it, how does the little girl become the next Terrakian? I thought one had to be descended from a certain family on another planet, and....oh, I give up. 

Rating: I have to give Heavy Metal a rather mixed review. On the one hand, the film is highly imaginative, visually stunning, and packed with great tunes. On the other hand, Heavy Metal is also rather juvenile (see: “What Did I Learn”), extremely violent and disturbing, and the plot – such as it is - eventually stops making sense (see: “Really?”).  Moreover, the vignettes and accompanying animation are wildly uneven – some of them work, and some of them certainly don’t. 6/10 stars.

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