Heavy Metal – Nostalgia Critic

Only Diamanda can make a strange film stranger. The Nostalgia Critic reviews 1981’s Heavy Metal!

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  1. This is one of my guilty pleasures. I know its not that good but I find the movie great fun. At the very least you can say there is nothing else like it.

  2. This movie is a celebration of adolescent imagination, and on that level alone, it’s great.

    As an alienated teenager, I remember spending hours during high school filling the margins of my notebooks with outrageous pictures of sexy heroines, fire-breathing monsters, horrifying mutants, and post-apocalyptic landscapes. This movie plays out like a visual transcription of all the daydreams I had during that period of my life. Escapism is the name of the game—if you don’t want to be there, you won’t like it. Heavy Metal is still probably my favorite magazine of all time, if only because it’s the one publication that can take you to more places between its covers than National Geographic.

    Each issue of Heavy Metal is just like this movie—a series of tongue-in-cheek fantasy and science fiction themed comic book stories that are ‘adult’ in nature and not connected in any meaningful sense. It’s an anthology magazine more about showcasing the wonderful art and talents of the contributors than anything else. This movie brilliantly captured the look and feel of the magazine by having a different animation studio work on each episode, thus introducing and appropriate art shift. The old animation style very much adds to the effect. I would never want to see a live-action adaptation of any Heavy Metal story, or an overly-sophisticated CGI movie.

    The reviews who criticize this movie for having a weak connective story are missing the point. The point of Heavy Metal, of course, was never the story, but a celebration of the imagination and art of its contributors. There is bound to something in here for everyone. In this movie, if you don’t like Harry Canyon, Den, or Captain Sternn, you only have to wait a little while before their respective stories are over. As Heavy Metal 2000 proved, a feature-length narrative with a story as thin as any of these would soon wear out its welcome. The Animatrix was about as close as we’ve come to having a spiritual successor to this wonderful film, and it fell short. And of course we have some adult animation these days, but almost nothing with the visual ambition of this film. This movie is a true gem. There’s nothing else quite like it.

  3. She is funny
    Nice music. Car in Space is awesome
    Way to little melting in it
    Why censor the boobs?
    Maybe she wasn’t a lesbian that is why she did not sleep with her
    I understand that women are not her thing but we men like naked women
    The Star Wars bar music is awesome
    The end was so crap

    -The first story: was interesting could be something if it was not a short about a green ball
    -Second story: was great. Thou i don’t get why just cause he has muscles means he needs to talk dumb
    -Third story: Funny crazy guy the style reminds me of a German animated movie that is vulgar. Pointless
    -Fourth Story: Plane part is awesome. The rest is dumb
    -Sixth Story: Why did they just chose to bring death. She is a sexy hero, This is the wright armor for her

  4. Tony Ciccariello

    i saw this years after it came out, everyone told me how amazing it was and I fell asleep during it

  5. SpecialAgentDaleCooper

    Never really grew up with this film or the magazine, so I can’t really comment on it.

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