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Heavy Metal – Retro Film Review

First of all this movie is not safe for kids! So please respect yourself by watching it only in the presence of adults. There’s plenty of nudity both necessary and perhaps a little unnecessary, but the world that Heavy Metal depicts shows us that whether in a faraway future or distant past, evil has always been right there within us all waiting for the chance to grow stronger and control us completely. The world that Heavy Metal depicts is both a faraway future and a long forgotten past where alien and human society have merged on Earth. New York City is even more crowded than ever, with traffic backed up as far as the eye can see, and even the air is full of cars. This is a world where alien and human society have merged on Earth.

Ancient tales of the battle between good and evil are told as this film serves to introduced the universe of Heavy Metal that was later brought to an even larger and more defined vision in the film’s sequel. A mysterious green orb, which will later be detailed in the film’s many scenarios and its sequel Heavy Metal 2000, commands a little girl representing the new generation to listen to its many stories. This green orb has been many places, and seen many things. The film uses this storytelling technique to deliver a quantum experience that offers multiple realities which are all tied together in some way, and will eventually set the stage for an even larger story to be played out.

Heavy Metal is a franchise from the past. Its original release date was 1981 and while many reviewers bashed it, they didn’t know what they were witnessing. Back then nobody cared about reviews, nobody even saw them usually. Entertainment thrived in a person to person, word of mouth environment where every franchise stood or fell based on its worth as judged by the people you knew in life, not by some reviewers being handed a copy of everything for free (yeah I went there).

This film is a film that seems to have been misunderstood by a great amount of reviewers who watched it. While many find the themes of sex, violence, and the fragility of women (only to be later cancelled out by female characters playing strong hero roles later down the line) to be “sexist” and claim Heavy Metal is nothing more than a “juvenile b00bfest”, they have missed the point of this film entirely. These dark themes and extremely crude male characters represent the dark and the evil in the world we live in today. Heavy Metal is a parable with reality that shows the great amount of negativity and violent forces that dominate our existence.

These evils are painted to be everywhere and the film shows us that even the smallest thoughts inside of us need merely a small push from this green orb to turn what was already inside of us into the way we behave. The greed, lust, and overall disregard for human life that is shown in this film is the villain to be conquered and is perhaps the most well illustrated, well written, and most terrifying villain of entertainment history. This villain is known to many as the Loc-Nar and we are eventually taught (if we are willing to listen) that the female gender which represents life and light is in fact the most sacred creature to the male which represents human nature and the darkness which surrounds us when we are lacking in the care and knowledge of the ultimate consequences of our actions.

Heavy Metal was truly ahead of its time. The integration of humans with aliens as normal is a theme that has barely had its surface scratched in modern film with the exception of a few surprisingly deep films like The Fifth Element, District 51, and of course Avatar. Beyond that, the deeper overarching themes which lies beneath the literal actions taking place (if you are aware enough to read into them) approach the subjects of society, human nature, and morality in a way that is completely real and unrestricted by ‘politically correct’ standards set by our increasingly hypocritical entertainment industry and its massive audiences.

Final Verdict: With plenty of babes to lust over, a deep and meaningful message, amazing animated hand-drawn graphics, and iconic heavy metal music (duh) from the time period you just don’t get these days, and plenty of the devilish blood, guts, and gore that you’ve all become accustomed to in the modern era, Heavy Metal stands the test of time for revisiting film buffs and newcomers alike. Heavy Metal gets an overall score of 8/10 and its sequel Heavy Metal 2000 will also receive a review from RealGamerNewz Film section when we get the chance, until then scroll down for a preview and even a link of where to find the full film viewable now for free.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8/10

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Review Copy Info: A copy of this film was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purposes of this review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130720 and was last modified on 20130720 .