This month has seen the posthumous launch of Alan Rickman’s diaries, which revealed the late star’s opinion about his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe: “I nonetheless don’t assume he’s actually an actor however he’ll undoubtedly direct/produce.” Perhaps so. However these profession progressions are nonetheless sooner or later and Radcliffe has been solid right here because the American accordionist and wacky singing flip “Bizarre” Al Yankovic with frizzy afro and moustache on this laboriously unfunny and pointless spoof biopic, co-written and produced by Yankovic himself.
Simply as Yankovic made his title with wacky parodies of songs like My Sharona and One other One Bites the Mud, so this film strains to parody musical movies comparable to Stroll the Line, with all the standard cliches: needle-scratch freezeframe voiceover opening (though the cliche there may be perhaps unintentional), powerful upbringing, uncaring dad and mom, breakthrough to fame, substance abuse, disaster and comeback, all of which bears little or no relation to Yankovic’s precise life.
There are one or two vaguely first rate issues right here: a pleasant gag about nobody recognising Queen bassist John Deacon, and a sport efficiency from Julianne Nicholson. Having simply portrayed Marilyn Monroe’s mom in Blonde, Nicholson now will get to play Al’s mum, placidly telling her music-obsessed boy issues comparable to: “Cease being who you might be and doing the stuff you love.”
However actually it’s a lengthy, sluggish trudge by way of quite a lot of zany walk-ons. Rainn Wilson performs the freaky DJ Dr Demento who gave Al his first break, Jack Black reveals up briefly to play Wolfman Jack, and Evan Rachel Wooden performs 80s-era Madonna whom this movie imagines to have had a passionate affair with our hero. This movie additionally jokingly – or perhaps not precisely jokingly – implies that Al repeatedly turned down historic alternatives that might have made him an A-list pop legend. As for Radcliffe, he doesn’t appear to have a humorous bone in his physique, however then it’s tough to inform contemplating the preponderance of unfunniness on this script.