It is only appropriate that a mega-artist whose career is based on parodies would make a biopic that is, well, a parody. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a new comedy film starring Daniel Radcliffe as one of “the greatest musicians and sex symbols of our time,” theoretically about Weird Al Yankovic, and premieres on the Roku Channel on Friday, November 4. Inspired by the biopics of many music legends, which chronicle lives of struggle, family estrangement, sex, and drugs, the film plays into these tropes (most of which are not true about Yankovic’s career). At the same time, it hits on a few key elements that are true, including his start with the accordion at a young age, discovery by Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson), and the desire of Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood) for him to cover one of her songs. The ridiculous and over-the-top film seems just about right for Yankovic’s life story, and he himself produced the film along with Eric Appel, who had made a faux trailer for a film of this nature a few years previously for Funny or Die. The final full-length feature is just the right amount of silly and yet oddly sweet, and carries a very respectable 93% approval rating on Rotton Tomatoes. Read on for how to watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
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