Al Yankovic’s History With Daniel Radcliffe

If you were a popular artist in the 1980s and up until now, you knew that any song you recorded would inevitably be treated as parody by Bizarre Al Yankovic. He parodied all the great artists of michael jackson and Phil Collins at Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Whether you consider him painfully unfunny or one of the most hilarious satirists out there, the one thing that can’t be debated is his indelible mark on pop culture as someone who never compromised on the kind of music what he wants to do. It’s only fitting that his biographical treatment, which comes after a long line of musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, should parody the musical biopic itself. At a time when biopics are predictable and entirely made by the numbers, it’s time to Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic.

Director Eric Appel brought together an eclectic but incredibly talented cast. Leading with Weird Al Daniel Radcliffewho rose to fame as a young child when he beat virtually every child actor in England for the prized role of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. By his side as a pop icon Madonna is Evan Rachel Wood. The role of Dr. deniesthe man who discovered Weird Al, went to Rainn Wilsonwho is best known for his iconic portrayal of odd farmer/salesman, Dwight Schrute on Office. Completing the cast is Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfreyand the film also stars Will Forte, Conan O’Brien, Jack Black, Nina West, Patton Oswalt, Lin Manuel Mirandaand Weird Al himself as Tony Scottithe president of Scotti Brothers Records, among many others.

For anyone who can’t wait to see this “truthful” biopic, here’s everything we know about how, when, and where you can watch this ridiculous satire.

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When and where can you watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story?

Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic previously premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2022 and will be released to the public exclusively on The Roku Channel on November 4.

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A full length trailer for Weird was released on August 29, 2022. Since the film is a parody of the biopic genre, so is the trailer. It starts with a young Weird Al who gets in trouble for playing the minor accordion at a polka party. What the world doesn’t understand is that, as he says, all he ever wanted was to invent new words for a song that already exists. When a spark of genius strikes him and he releases his first song (“My Bologna” for “My Sharona”), his career as a star musician begins. With this newfound fame comes hedonistic pleasure and eventual downfall. His wildly fictional relationship with Madonna leads him down the often-trodden path of drug and alcohol addiction. However, the trailer ends on an inspirational note with Weird Al exclaiming that you should embrace your quirkiness. Given that this is just a small taste of the film’s biographical caricature, it seems like a hilarious hit.

What are critics saying about Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story?

When it premiered at TIFF, Weird: The Al Yankovic received universal acclaim and even won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness. The film currently has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The collider’s own Ross Bonaime praised the film as a “hilarious biographical satire” in his review, giving the film a B grade. Read on for an excerpt from the review or read the full article here:

It’s an absolutely charming and often hilarious look at the world’s greatest parody musician, with a great cast that wants to pay homage to this weird man. Weird dares to be stupid and succeeds because of it.

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More Satirical Movies Like Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story You Can Watch Now

To help you out while you wait for the movie to premiere on Roku, here’s a list of some genre-defying satires that will have you laughing and rethinking overused movie tropes and lore.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007): In the early 2000s, just like today, Hollywood saw a dramatic influx of musical biopics with the likes of Ray and walk the line. This trend was quickly crushed when Jake Kasdan made Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. From Cradle to Grave, the film tells the fictional life story of rock ‘n’ roller Dewey Cox, played by John C. Reilly. Inspired by the lives of musicians like Johnny Cash, Jim Morrisonand Brian Wilson, among other things, the film earned its status as a cult classic. Even if you don’t like the movie, you have to be eternally grateful that it forced Hollywood to find more interesting ways to tell the stories of these musicians.

Rent on AmazonBlazing Saddles (1974): Mel Brooks made a career of ridiculing genres like horror with Young Frankensteinscience fiction with space ballsand Hitchcockian thrillers with strong anxiety. His best satire, however, was Blazing Saddles. This Western parody tells the story of a robber baron named Hedley Lamar, who desperately wants to build a railroad through the town of Rock Ridge. To make sure the residents evacuate, he assigns them a black sheriff in hopes that their prejudices drive them away. Brooks exposes the racist and conservative nature of the Western genre and with the help of a co-author Richard Priorhe makes a smart, edgy comedy about American race relations.

Watch on HuluPlane! (1980): One of the biggest film trends in Hollywood in the 1970s was that of the disaster movie. Although it started strong with movies like Poseidon’s Adventureit quickly evolved with movies like Airport ’77. Plane not only takes aim at the disaster genre, but several other popular films from the 1970s. The film follows Ted Striker, an alcoholic pilot who has developed a fear of flying. But when the pilots of his plane fall victim to food poisoning, he will have to intervene. With hilarious gags and jokes, it’s unmissable. Who can forget the famous phrase “I am serious and my name is not Shirley”?

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