Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
A satirical take on musical biopics using Weird Al’s (Daniel Radcliffe) life as inspiration.
I’m not a Weird Al hater, but I must admit that I never found his work particularly funny. It’s refreshing then to see a film made by him that embraces the idea that he’s not exactly re-writing the musical history books with his body of work.
Even better is that it takes a firm jab at films like Bohemian Rhapsody, which garnered tons of praise but is a bit shit. Perhaps every few years we need a Walk Hard to remind us of how ridiculous these hagiographies can get, and Weird definitely has that covered.
It’s good to set the record straight too; ‘Eat It’ did come before ‘Beat It’, and Madonna did take over Pablo Escobar’s drug empire for a while. As well as a comedy, Weird serves as an important historical document.