Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story ★★★★

An excellent addition to the "Weird Al" Yankovic legend, this biographical parody film directed by Eric Appel is almost unfailingly hilarious. Expanded from a fake trailer produced for the website Funny or Die in 2010, it chronicles his unexpected rise to fame with early hits like Another One Rides the Bus and Eat It to a succession of torrid celebrity love affairs and a notoriously debauched lifestyle. In reality, "Weird Al" Yankovic is a comedy musician and actor utilising the polka tradition and has been active for over 45 years.

Building his musical career by spoofing popular songs with screwy lyrics, the movie participates in a corresponding spirit by satirising the musical biopic by playing the same beats but changing them to make it something original. The Appel and Yankovic penned screenplay serves as a springboard for an irregular and erratic personal narrative where just about nothing is factual. Even though the lampooning and rapid in-jokes get a little overworked as it passes into its third act, there's still plenty of absurdly written material. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is an incredibly entertaining non-conventional music biopic with solid performances by Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wood.

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