Al Yankovich (Daniel Radcliff) is a clumsy, curly-haired boy who has no friends or emotions in his life. Until one day, when he ends up at a polka party where he wows the crowd by playing the accordion. His parents Mary and Nick Yankovic (Julianne Nicholson and Toby Huss) don’t approve of him gambling and his relationship with them becomes strained. As he grows older, he moves in and lives with his four friends, who encourage him to find inspiration for his music after Al states that he loves to take familiar songs and change the lyrics, thus creating albums of his own. parody. He records a song called “Mi Bolona” and sends it to the captain buffoon radio show. They love him and they play him with a lot of rotation, but not everyone agrees. When he talks to the Scotty Brothers, who love him, but when he meets a record label executive, the Scotty Brothers trash his music and his looks.
He is encouraged to act again in a club. In a scene reminiscent of SpongeBob SquarePants in the Salty Squad, Al performs his next skit “I Love Rocky Road” and the crowd goes wild. Because of her stellar performance, she meets Doctor Demento (Rainn Wilson), who offers to introduce her to some famous people at his house. All kinds of people (living and dead) are at Demento’s pool party, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Andy Worhol, and Salvatore Dali, just to name a few. This is the moment when he asserts himself as a certified star, hell-bent on changing the music industry.
Cameos, so many cameos. There’s no point in listing who in this, but a few cameos surprised me, which is rare for me. How come movies don’t do this as much anymore? Weird: The Al Yankovic Story It’s a parody of a parody. Of course, Yankovic’s career was never in the direction of film, but he is self-aware to the point that he might as well be breaking the fourth wall. The movie had me in its grip, until about 30 minutes where things went off the rails even beyond movie standards.
Tonally it’s just as weird as its namesake and the problems start when Madonna (played by Evan Rachel Wood) shows up. Then it gets weird. Pablo Escobar? Drug cartel? murders? Eric Appel and ‘Weird Al’ Yankvoic’s script sacrifices comedy for abject silliness and stereotypes that detract from the elements that are actually funny. As the movie progressed, the laughs became less and less because the movie became darker in nature, which derailed the story and became a different movie, only to reform 20 minutes before the movie ended. .
Most biopics are bleak and joyless, at least Appel wants to have fun. You don’t have a real sense of the truth about Weird Al’s rise to fame, but there are some comments about the pressures of making a name for yourself within a strict music industry, and how fame can make people self-centered. Even if the movie presents his career as one big joke, one thing about him is that he took the music world by storm with reckless abandon and did what he wanted to do on his terms. There is no denying that his parody songs had an impact on the culture. When the name ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic comes up in conversation, people know who he is without having to guess. Yes, his music was a parody, that didn’t mean you couldn’t dance and sing along with it.