Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a 107-minute American film made in the year 2022 by director Eric Appell. Fictional comedy parody about the biography of the singer and musician al yankovic. Audience Award (Midnight Madness) at the Toronto Festival. Premiere in Movistar Plus+ since Friday December 30 of 2022.
Review of ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’
Title: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Original title: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Daniel Radcliffe (Weird Al)
Evan Rachel Wood (Madonna)
Rainn Wilson (Dr Demento)
Julianne Nicholson (Mary)
James Preston Rogers (hulk hogan)
Brennon Peters (biker)
Toby Huss (nick)
Jimmy Walker Jr. (Floor manager)
William Guirola (Hitman)
Fifth Brunson (Oprah Winfrey)
Gordon Tarley (David Bowie)
Arturo Castro (Pablo Escobar)
David Bloom (to the adolescent)
Dove Esparza Rabinovver (hipster teenager)
Duration: 108 min.
Director: Eric Appell
Script: Eric Appel, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Photography: ross riege
Music: Leo Birenberg, Zach Robinson
Gender: Comedy. Biographical
Distributor: Movistar Plus+
Trailer for ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’
Explore every facet of the life of musician and comedian Al Yankovic, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his steamy celebrity love affairs and his famously depraved lifestyle.
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Believe in yourself and the song will come to you
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a fictionalized biopic about the career of the sometimes eccentric singer and musician al yankovic.
The director’s own script begins by locating Al’s family origins, the son of an authoritarian father who works in a factory and with a loving but very submissive mother. Since he was little Alfred Yankovic, Alfy for his parents, played by Richard Aaron Anderson, and Al, David BloomAs a teenager, he shows a fondness for music, being violently rejected by his father. Behind her husband’s back, Mary her mother, Julianne Nicholsongives him an accordion that he learns to play alone.
Any show of the boy’s interest in music is totally aborted by his father Nick, Toby Huss, who wants to take his son away from what, for him, the absurd and unproductive world of music. He insists that he follow his desire to continue the less prosaic steps of his working in the factory.
Thanks to his fellow students, he comes into contact with other happy and healthy adolescents of his age, being able to socialize and attend small parties at their homes where he is interested in polka music.
When a healthy young man is unfortunate enough to be born into a family with an insensitive and violent father, he is either totally devastated or eventually rebels. Fortunately, the willful Al leaves home to share a flat with three cheerful boys who encourage him to follow his hobby and musical vocation.
From parodies to original music
Artistic life is quite hard, especially from the beginning when self-confidence is lacking and you have to save and overcome obstacles of all kinds. This clearly shows Weird: The Al Yankovic Storyfollowing the typical beginnings of home rehearsals, home recordings, precariously made demos and tortuous wandering through record companies and radio studios.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story he dissects that world of presumptuous executives who, from their ivory tower, despise the budding artist, more full of illusion than means and technical quality, trying to get a first opportunity to make himself known.
As usually happens in any place, the beginner singer and musician makes versions of well-known songs to go about their business and pick up charts. In this case, Al Yankovic adds witty lyrics to well-known hit tunes to turn heads with his own style of parody. But time and again the provosts of the record companies look down on him and close the doors. Throughout the plot, the music of Leo Birenberg Y Zach Robinson it ranges from the smash hits “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon” to the later compositions of Al Yankovic.
Far from being discouraged, Al supported by his flatmates insists until he finally begins to break through, the reality of the world of creation and culture is very harsh. On the outside, only the lights and privileges of those who have succeeded in some way are usually known, but the back room of the hard trajectory to make themselves known is always obscured or totally hidden.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story It shows the struggles between radio presenters and the cliques, which tend to move interestedly around music critics and artists. With all of this, Al must fight, always supported by his three roommates.
Now you will die to be reborn
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Shake in a cocktail shaker as ingredients the turbulent life of Al Yankovic, criticism of the artificial and interested world of music production and the also exaggerated universe of celebrities. The result is a continuous parody where fictionalized parades among others Andy Warhol, Dalí, Divine, Madonna, Frank Zappa, Cherthe bassist of What in, David Bowie or the drug dealer Pablo Escobar.
The film is a happy and pleasant hodgepodge, where beyond belief the fantasy is triggered by linking characters in this supposed biography of the singer and musician. There is a thin, fine line between reality and fiction where real events and intentional distortions of the script and its staging are intermingled.
There are some successful sequences such as the singer’s psychedelic journey, aesthetically and sensorially well represented with attractive special effects, also the sequence about an Amish community, or the strange story between Madonna and Pablo Escobar.
The argument of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story it turns out to be a self-deprecating parody and a reflection on personal destiny, influenced in an influential way by our family roots and childhood. There is no time to get bored and there is time to be surprised by the sometimes exaggerated development of the story, which flows lightly between reality and fantasy until stirring inside us, mixed with our own perceptions.
The performances of the three actors are correct. Richard Aaron Anderson, David blossom Y Daniel Radcliffe, which give life to the main protagonist in his different stages as a child, adolescent and adult. mounting jamie kennedy it gives coherence to the gear of the story from the beginning without presenting ups and downs or distortions.
Conclusion to ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’
The vital trajectory and subsequent artistic struggle of al yankovic is well reflected in the film by the writer and director Eric Appel, saving the continuous chain of obstacles that he encountered since his childhood.
The protagonist, completely self-taught, was climbing the rungs until he achieved great success in the Rocky Roadafter his first versions parodying well-known songs until he ended up making a name for himself with his own creations.
For Weird: The Al Yankovic Story a large number of artistic, cultural and musical celebrities parade, in a hectic story that moves between the biopic and the fantasy of its director, finally making him doubt between facts and invention.
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“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”: An acid parody of the musical world