Sadly, WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY doesn’t sing as weird or funny as it thinks it is. I expected to love this movie more than “Rocky Road.” Although, I did have a lot of fun learning the fake “true” story of Al Yankovic.
I’m a die-hard Al fan. Growing up, I repeatedly listened to CDs and even created awful parodies. I turned “Ice, Ice, Baby” into “Ice Cream Baby” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from LION KING into “Can You Smell Fart Tonight.” And yes, you can see why my career didn’t take off like Al’s just by those awful song titles. Regardless of my failure, Weird Al “Dared Me to Be Stupid” and “be as weird as you want to be.” If you ask anyone about my high school time, I proudly admitted to loving Weird Al, enjoying boy bands, and liking all things nerd culture that kept me from being a cool kid.
But that’s enough about me. This is a review of WEIRD, which spoofs the musical biopic genre like WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY. Daniel Radcliffe embodies Weird Al. He does such an excellent job with his mannerisms that if this movie had a stronger script, I could see him getting an Oscar nomination. He’s the main highlight of seeing WEIRD, and I continue to admire post-HARRY POTTER Radcliffe.
WEIRD is a movie that’s split into two. It’s part musical biopic parody and part bloody action film in the same category as TROPIC THUNDER. Both these sections mix well together and are held up even stronger by one surprising cameo after the next. If WEIRD was an eighty-five-minute movie, this might work for its entirety. Instead, it extends out for nearly two hours, playing the same joke at nauseam. The first time we see Al as a serious artist, it’s funny. The twentieth plus time, it loses its appeal.
Yet, even with the repeat jokes, it’s worth seeing Weird Al sing along to his own words… of other people’s music. Oh, and stick around for the end credit song. It’s Weird Al at his finest.
WEIRD is available to stream on The Roku Channel.