Heavy Trip (Film Review)

Directors: Laatio, Juuso,  &  Vidgren, Jukka
Title:  Heavy Trip (aka Heavi Reissu)
Studio: Making Movies Oy
Run time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Released: 2018
Reviewed: October 2108
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: JP

I’m not a big fan of comedy.  I don’t watch sit-coms, or go to comedy clubs.  I don’t follow stand-up comics and I don’t have the comedy channel on my TV.  My viewing tastes lean more to towards Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.   Accordingly, I have not seen a lot of comedy movies so it is easy for me to say that HEAVY TRIP is one of, if not the, funniest movie I’ve ever seen.

HEAVY TRIP screened at the Calgary International Film Fest last week and I and a bunch of friends attended and it was absolutely hilarious.  I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my eyes.   Again keeping in mind as a Metal fan with an unsophisticated appreciation of comedy found it hilarious compared to the artsy film-snob crew in attendance who maybe didn’t see all the humour I did.

HEAVY TRIP is a Finnish film (sub-titled) about a fictional, dead-end, Death/Black Metal band from a small northern town in Finland.  The band has no name, have never played a gig, never recorded a demo, never written an original song, but they have practiced in the basement of a reindeer slaughterhouse for 12 years!  A series of odd circumstances lead to a gig in a prestigious festival in Norway. Suddenly they go from local losers to talk of the town but they have to actually get their act together. A series of adventures and misadventures happen as they travel to the gig and I won’t go into all the details but hilarity ensues.   The action/comedy/roadtrip movie includes Heavy Metal, terrorists, wolverines, reindeer, speed-traps, grave-robbing, and vomit.  Lots of vomit.  I won’t give too much more away.

This high quality film has a gentle romantic sub-plot that is not overbearing and  a few subtle (and not so subtle) references to 80’s films like Risky Business, Back To The Future and more.   It is well shot and paced with some gorgeous wilderness scenery that looked great on the big screen.  Lauri Porra, of Stratovarious fame, wrote the score and the soundtrack itself is very metal.   Mika Lammassaari, guitarist of the band Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, provided additional music and scoring.  Watch for the inside joke about his band!  I won’t lie, I was quite proud that I caught that inside joke!  There were a few other people involved with the film who have Metal connections but you really have to know your Finnish Metal to catch the references or recognize them.

Speaking of jokes, there are countless in jokes and references to Metal and it blurred by I’m sure I missed some.   Although you absolutely do not need to be a Metal fan to enjoy this film, I feel that the experience would be enhanced if you have at least a passing knowledge of the history of Scandinavian Metal, especially Norwegian Black Metal.  I can’t wait for the DVD and this is one of the best Metal themed movies I’ve ever seen.

Note:  Thanks to my film review advisor, Matt Riley who enjoyed the film as well.


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