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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) - Cringy and Chaotic

Rating: ★★★☆☆(3/5 Stars)

Released 11-04-2022

Watched 06-19-2024

Reviewed 07-03-2024

Rented on Amazon Prime Video

"I'm living the dream! To have 20,000 people every night singing MY words... to someone else's music... I feel truly alive on that stage."

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” is a biographical musical parody directed by Eric Appel in his feature directorial debut. With a screenplay co-written by Al Yankovic, the film satirizes the traditional musical biopic genre, presenting a wildly exaggerated and fictionalized account of Yankovic’s life and career. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as the accordion-wielding parody songwriter, the film features a cast including Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, and Julianne Nicholson.

The film opens with a young Alfred “Al” Yankovic’s fascination with parody songs despite his father’s disapproval. As Al grows up, he faces various challenges, from rejection in band auditions to a strained relationship with his parents. Eventually, he finds success with hits like “My Bologna” and “I Love Rocky Road,” thanks to the support of his quirky manager, Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson). The story takes increasingly bizarre turns, including a drug-fueled rampage against Pablo Escobar and a fantastical relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood).

Despite the film’s humorous intentions and the undeniable charm of Radcliffe’s performance, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” struggles to find a balance between satire and storytelling. The film’s over-the-top antics and absurd plot points often overshadow any meaningful character development or emotional engagement. The narrative becomes a chaotic series of loosely connected skits, making investing in Yankovic’s journey difficult.

While the film’s screenplay and humor garnered praise from critics, its relentless absurdity might leave some viewers feeling exhausted rather than entertained. Though intended as satire, the exaggerated portrayal of real-life events and characters often falls flat, coming across as more cringe-worthy than clever.


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