Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story ★★★★

I walked into Weird: The Al Yankovic Story having no idea what to expect and thought it could go either way. Luckily, this is an absolute riot and one of the funniest movies I've seen in years. It's a glorious send up of the musical biopic genre that's wildly entertaining, batshit crazy and full of hilarious cameos. Daniel Radcliffe is clearly having the time of his life in this role and honestly it's one of the best performances he's ever given. He nails every comedic beat and really puts himself out there throughout. Evan Rachel Wood is a hilarious standout as Madonna in her smaller role while Toby Huss is hysterical every time he's one screen.

I expected this to be a traditional biopic with a more comedic edge going in, but I couldn't have been more wrong as this doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest and is full of historical inaccuracies which only make the experience all the more outrageous, inventive and fun. The laughs do start to slow down a bit in the second half but there's a surprising amount of heart that makes up for it. Maybe the insane Midnight Madness crowd I saw this with at TIFF enhanced the experience for me, but I loved this and it's easily one of the best theater experiences I've had in recent memory. Definitely keep your eyes out for this when it releases in November and if you somehow have the opportunity to see this in a theater with a huge crowd, take it.

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