Movie Review – Lemmy (2010)

LemmyDirectors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski

There are few people in rock music that transcend music itself, let alone anyone living. One of the biggest name in rock and roll is Lemmy, but it is not all about the music. It is as much to do with the man himself as it has to do with the music. Few people in music have ever had the reputation that Lemmy has. For the most part, any musician or band that has had success will have their share of haters.

I cannot ever remember seeing any documentary with such big names praising a single person. When you have names such as every Metallica member, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Scott Ian and more singing your praises, you have done something right.

Lemmy, the documentary, shows that it is possible for a rock and roll star to age gracefully. Honestly, Lemmy is cool as he ever was. There are not many icons in rock and roll that can say that. Sadly, most of the icons that we grew up idolizing are either dead or have us wishing that they retired years ago. Seeing as though Motorhead just released a pretty good album in 2010, I have no wishes that they go away.

Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver’s film clearly is fan-made, but is done pretty well and includes fan and colleague testimonials that are wide ranging and keep you interested in what is going on through this length almost-two hour documentary. I would have probably liked to see less of a fanboy take on Lemmy’s life, but that is not to say that it was not entertaining.

For the most part, the first half of the documentary, you get to know a lot about the Lemmy the man in his natural habitat. Once the second half hits, you are treated to a few Hawkwind clips from his days with them as well and a nice version of Damage Case live with Metallica. You get to see some nice Motorhead clips as well. This documentary is pretty solid and does offer good variety to keep both Motorhead fans and music fans in general a great look into a legend in rock history.