Heavy Trip Movie Review
Played July 26th – Directed by Juuso Laatio, Finland
Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is trying to overcome his fears by leading the most unknown heavy metal band in Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway.
No surprise here: the blend of heavy metal and humor works well, as we have seen with DEATHGASM (affiliate link) (among others), and the Finnish sense of humor seen here was previously well presented by RARE EXPORTS (affiliate link). This is a worthy companion to either of those, and not just because of the RISKY BUSINESS (affiliate link) homage. When you think foreign film, you probably don’t think Finland. But maybe we should.
The sheer brilliance and comedy in the writing is astounding, and the actors are able to pull it off with a straight face. One has to particularly love how they manage to get a band promo photo and the extreme lengths they go to get their goals accomplished.
If anything bad has to be said about the film, it is that there is some “animal cruelty” with wolves and reindeer. But the animals involved are clearly fake and I find it hard to believe anyone could be offended by the treatment of these props. I mean, this is a movie where people are getting vomited on. No need to say anything more – this is just a pure film from beginning to end.