September 26, 2022

This evaluate is a part of our protection of the 2022 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant.

The Pitch: Based mostly on the 100% true story of comic/musician/renegade polka king’s fast rise to superstardom, Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story is an “unflinching” have a look at “Bizarre” Al Yankovic’s chaotic life.

From his childhood as a closeted accordion participant, to his transient flirtation with the recent underground polka scene, to his extreme rock and roll life-style to his inventive struggles, to his tumultuous romance for the ages with Madonna, and his lethal feud with a legendary drug lord, author/director Eric Appel and co-writer Al Yankovic pull no punches. That is as actual and severe because it will get.

Generic Blues: A pretend biopic of “Bizarre” Al Yankovic is probably a foolproof components. How incorrect are you able to presumably go together with a collection of goofy and outlandish situations executed in a common Bizarre Al tone? However Bizarre ups the stakes by making use of Yankovic’s traditional parody fashion—“to make up new phrases to a tune that already exists” as Al and everybody round him earnestly describes the method a number of occasions all through the movie—to the Oscar-bait biopic.

All the traditional Large Moments are there: The misunderstood childhood with the disapproving dad and mom and the eager for one thing extra. The adolescent revolt and early flirtations with freedom. The artistic course of struggles and moments of epiphany. The meteoric success. The booze, intercourse, and medicines, and discovering out fame may not be all it’s cracked as much as be. The large speeches and impassioned declarations. The reconnections and new understandings. There where-are-they-now textual content over the ultimate scene. They usually’ve all been turned on their head to the purpose of gleeful absurdity.

Younger Al desires of placing his personal lyrics to different folks’s songs and sings a stirring rendition of “Superb Grapes” on the dinner desk, however it’s misplaced on his dad and mom, who inform him that ithey suppose “it might be for one of the best in case you simply cease being who you’re and doing the belongings you love.”

Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

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