by Afra Nariman
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)
Director: Eric Appel
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Opening Night Showing @ NBFF ’22
It’s absurd that this was made (in a good way). My prior knowledge of Weird Al was honestly mostly reliant upon the episode in How I Met Your Mother. What a fascinating way to tell a Weird Al story, this film is.
THIS is how you make a “fictional biopic.” It uses the power of fiction to further celebrate and embrace the positive, fan-beloved aspects of the figure in question. And with great power, comes great responsibility. Unlike a certain 2022 fictional biopic, the filmmakers here understand this responsibility and create a fiction rooted in truth (the essence of Weird Al’s persona informs the fictional content).
This film is hilarious, it’s fun, at times heart-warming, constantly absurd — and most of all, it’s very weird. My favorite biopic of the year.
There are some great cameos.
MY RATING /5:
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