First Glance: “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Whether you’re a fan of long-time parody musician Weird Al Yankovic or not, the new film “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” looks to be worth a gander especially after seeing the recent trailer. Co-written and produced by Weird Al himself, the film is the not-so-true story of his rise from young accordion enthusiast to parody pop star. The movie openly exaggerates Weird Al’s rise to stardom and happily makes up some details along the way. Even better, the movie is a straight-up parody of the popular music biopic which makes this even more attractive.

Daniel Radcliffe plays the titular character complete with the funky mustache and big crop of curls. In the new trailer we get clips of him hamming up and down Al Yankovic’s timeline. From Al’s homelife to his discovery by Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson) to his relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood). The movie looks to cover (and fictionalize) a lot of ground. I’m not sure if it will all come together, but it looks to be a lot of fun nonetheless. I’m in.

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” releases November 4th on The Roku Channel. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

12 thoughts on “First Glance: “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

  1. Interesting. As far as recent mockumentaries go, I think too many people slept on Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Loved it when it came out, but didn’t do a lot of business in theatrical run. Has picked up cult classic steam though.

  2. Yeah, I’m going to see it. I love Weird Al. In fact, why is he not in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame? He’s been around for a long time and still sells out venues. He’s had the same drummer since 1980. The same guitarist and bassist since 1982 and the same keyboardist since 1992/1993. Maybe it’s because that organization are a bunch of snobbish assholes which only adds to the lack of cred the Rock Hall has.

    I really do want to see this because it looks so hilarious and… ERW as Madonna… *chef’s kiss*.

      • Yet, I did enjoy that moment the year Rush got inducted where Jann Wenner (who definitely hates that band) said… “and from… Toronto” and then came that loud-ass pop from the audience that went on for minutes while Geddy and Alex’s moms both gave Wenner the finger. Don’t fuck with old Jewish ladies from the old country.

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