Weird Al Yankovic has always been known for his one-of-a-kind personality and is the subject of the new parody biopic “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al, and although the film presents itself as the “unexaggerated true story” of his life, it ends up being anything but.
Weird Al is portrayed as essentially a god throughout most of the film. He has a troublesome childhood, but once he channels his skills on the accordion, everyone loves him. No matter whom he plays in front of or what he is singing, the people love him. The running joke may get a bit tiresome for certain viewers, but it is presented in many ways that kept me laughing throughout.
The absurdity of this film is likely the biggest draw for most people. Weird Al was never the biggest name in music, but if there was a hit song everyone knew back in the day, Weird Al’s version may have been discussed soon after. In the film’s universe though, Weird Al’s version is front and center. He is seen as a national hero with songs reaching No.1, albums going quintuple platinum, dating Madonna and much more.
Weird Al is not the only person or element in the film that is exaggerated. Early on we meet his mentor and eventual manager, Dr. Demento, played by Rainn Wilson. He comes off as a character out of a fairytale, and after hiring Al, takes him to a party with his other clients. These are all absurd characters, some fake, and some real, like Pee Wee Herman. Madonna, played by Evan Rachel Wood, is different as well, sticking with Al mostly because she just wants him to parody one of her songs.
Yankovic himself had a large part in the making of the film and is credited as a producer and writer on the project. His music features prevalently in the movie too, with hits such as “My Bologna,” “I Love Rocky Road” and “Amish Paradise” all making appearances. The constant twists and turns of the plot and the sheer absurdity of the film kept me entertained throughout, and overall, it’s worthy of an 8/10. The film is currently available to watch for free on The Roku Channel.