Roku’s Weird Al movie is ridiculous in the best possible ways

Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. | Image: Roku

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story opens with a shirtless Daniel Radcliffe screaming in a hospital, demanding a pencil and paper from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Things only get weirder from there. Though it may look like the life story of the titular parody singer, the movie is actually more of a parody of biopics than anything else. Much like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story lampooned the many overserious films about major musical stars, Weird does the same, only it pretends to be about a real person. After watching it, I don’t think I know anything new about Yankovic — and I definitely know a lot of things that are not remotely true. Fittingly for a guy who writes absurd lyrics over popular songs, Weird takes a popular concept — the music biopic —…

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Author: Andrew Webster