Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood
Director: Eric Appel
Writer: Eric Appel, ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Swiss Army Man) leads the cast in the not-so-true to life biopic of the ever weird and wonderful Al Yankovic. Featuring most of Yankovic’s hit parody covers, and one stellar “original song”, Weird takes audiences on the ride of their lives. Comedic performances aplenty and hilarious sequences that will have audiences roaring with laughter from start to finish.
Radcliffe holds the entire film together with his fantastical performance and is supported wonderfully by Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood, Westworld) who boasts a fascinating portrayal of rising pop star Madonna. Yankovic‘s band mates are led by Spencer Treat Clarke (Agents of Shield, Animal Kingdom) and don’t miss a beat, literally. The film is jam packed with side splitting celebrity cameos, some more surprising than others.
The script bends the truth within an inch of its life but the film doesn’t suffer for it, it’s as wacky and wonderful as you’d expect a film about Weird Al to be. With emotional beats which make no sense and drug infused madness that make too much sense. Not enough can be said about Radcliffe’s fascinating performance, an actor that is always worth watching and makes inspired choices in the projects he takes on. When first announced this film seemed like career suicide but Radcliffe manages to pull the whole thing together with style and complete madness.
Ridiculous, hilarious and in an industry currently obsessed with deep, meaningful and at times harmful biopics, Weird does something fresh, innovative and down right brilliant. Weird is an immediate cult classic and should be seen.