|Title:||Weird: The Al Yankovic Story|
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|11.13.22||Internet||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2022|
When funny or die was a thing and the fake trailer for a Weird Al biopic starring Aaron Paul came out, I thought it was quite funny. When I heard, years later, that they were going to actually make a Weird Al biopic, I thought it was cool that he's getting his due but it's going to be a boring movie because I've heard his story and it's much like mine (except for the talent, success, enduring career, huge group of friends who speak fondly about him, and generations of fans who still come out to see his shows). When the trailer for the biopic came out, I thought something was up because they totally stole that old funny or die video! Then the dots finally connected and I realized what this was... and that was when I knew it would be great and that I would love it.
Well, actually I was a little iffy on it because it went straight to Roku, but i had hope!
Now I've finally seen it and can say that it is great and I do love it. Daniel Radcliffe brings a real pathos to the role that I think Aaron Paul may have had trouble with. Evan Rachel Wood captures Madonna's essence perfectly, with just a soupcon of mischief behind her eyes. And Tommy O'Brien's performance was... well, it was as if John Bermuda Schwartz put down his sticks and picked up acting.
I'm joking of course. Not that the movie is terrible, so I guess I'm not really joking. What am I doing? The format and content of this movie are exactly as they should be. It hits the exact tone of Weird Al's humor, that being largely childish and silly but with an extra layer or two to appeal to the big kids in the room. Never malicious, always ridiculous.
My favorite scene has to be the Boogie Nights pool party. It's so perfect I don't even want to talk about it.
I had programmed this movie to be the festival closer and I think it works beautifully as such, but there's that one movie that I ran out of time on last night... that one movie that's been sitting in the queue ever since it came out, and it gets constant mentions... constant reminders that I haven't seen it. So let's stay up a little bit late for a Sunday night and finally cross it off the list. Consider it a secret track at the end of the cd. This is the closer, but the next one is the afterparty.