Heavy trip is a loving story of outcasts who have hopes of becoming something more by getting out of the small, rural town they’re living in in order to reach their dreams. It is a ridiculous movie filled with laughter and unforgettable scenes. It makes you see metal heads in a different light— metal heads are not so tough as they seem after all. They can be quite shy and timid, too. It goes against the convention of metal heads being tough and scary. We see them with feelings and actually a lot softer than most would picture.
This hilarious film gives us a very charming set of characters who lived in rural Finland. We see the characters in their most true, and vulnerable selves. It starts from Turo, a shy, bike-riding metal head who also works at a mental institution. He is part of a metal band called Impaled Rektum comprised of him and his friends who enjoy the genre in their bandmate’s basement. They are comic characters who have their own distinct personalities that set them apart from one another. They regard themselves as a “Symphonic Post-Apocalyptic Reindeer-Grinding Christ-Abusing Extreme War Pagan Fennoscandian” metal band.
People who are not familiar with the metal genre would totally enjoy this film. The absurdity that goes on in this film would be enjoyable to any audience. Shortly after lying to impress Turo’s crush, Miia, that they were soon to be playing a gig in Norway, the word travels fast and next thing you know it the whole town is impressed and loves them suddenly. They were highly regarded and respected all of a sudden. Their journey filled with obstacles begins. In the process of reinventing themselves, they were even able to help a mental institution patient to get to of the lonely and depressing walls of his room, and play with them in Norway.
We see the shift of tone and mood from Turo when he gets mocked by the other villagers, and how he cannot even think of anything witty to say whenever they scoff at him to when he’s screaming his lungs out with his metal band.
Unlike many other comedy movies nowadays, Heavy Trip does not turn to mockery and making their characters objects of ridicule, instead it tries to build a connection between the characters and the audience. The movie urges the audience to find great appreciation for not only the music but the loveable characters as well and sympathise with them.
The last part of the movie where Turo imparts to us some of the things he learned with a big smile plastered on his face even if the guards were already taking him was a great touch and it makes of a meaningful ending. It just tells us that this movie is far more than its comical plot lines and humour, it actually has a lesson that it wants to impart to us as well. There is a metal head inside every one of us.
I think this movie is exploratory and it gives us a fresh new take on comedy movies like never before with Finnish metal heads. Although it is not exactly a movie that asks you to take it seriously, the movie also depicted many unfair expectations with regards to masculinity. Being subject to constant mockery and humiliation by homophobes mostly due to his long hair did not stop Turo. Despite his appearance, he was an innocent, naive man who wouldn’t hurt a fly. There is a place for every kind of person in heavy Trip.
Heavy trip is more than a comedy, it’s a movie that touches up on a lot of things in our everyday lives that the audience can definitely relate to, it is also a heartfelt story of following your dreams and goals in life. It takes us into the gruelling process of chasing one’s dreams and the adversities that come with it. Despite all the hurdles thrown at them and the hopelessness of the circumstance they were in, they still pushed through and found themselves singing on the stage they coveted and dreamed of. Heavy Trip reminds us to live and dream a little more, and stay courageous in the process. Heavy Trip could not have said it any better.
“Better to shit yourself than to forever be constipated.”