Review: ‘Heavy Metal’

This technically firstrate six-segment animated anthology is an amalgam of science fiction, sword and sorcery, hip humor, violence, sex and a smidgen of drugs.

This technically firstrate six-segment animated anthology is an amalgam of science fiction, sword and sorcery, hip humor, violence, sex and a smidgen of drugs.

The film, which draws its title and sensibility from the adult fantasy magazine of the same name, tends to frontload its virtues. Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill.

Courtesy of a vastly overlong, relatively unrousing 27-minute end-piece that may be the technical highpoint of the film, but lacks the punch and tightness of the earlier segments, the venture tends to run out of steam. Still, the net effect is an overridingly positive one.

Heavy Metal

Production

Reitman-Moyer. Dir Gerald Potterton; Producer Ivan Reitman; Screenplay Dan Goldberg, Len Blum; Editor Janice Brown; Music Elmer Bernstein Art Dir Michael Gross

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 90 MIN.
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  1. Dave R says:

    I was fascinated by the soundtrack but found the animation almost unwatchable and annoying – I suppose that I have been spoiled by all the developments in animation techniques / technology since that era. And the contents : pretty much puerile stuff that would not have interested me as a 13 year old – I had busty amazon high school teachers and piles of nudie mags ! If I had a choice between getting a copy of this movie and obtaining the ‘Starblazers’ series, then I would definitely choose the latter. I would like a copy of the Heavy Metal soundtrack though.

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