Main Plot Points:
- The Compleat Al is the amazing, hilarious, and not-entirely-true story of Weird Al Yankovic, the Grammy award-winning master of musical parody and rock and roll comedy. The mockumentary takes you behind the scenes, beginning with his childhood years, his high school and college days, up through his early-career rise to stardom. This concocted chronicle also contains moments from AL-TV and footage from his trip to Japan, and a somewhat embellished version of how he received permission from Michael Jackson for “Eat It. “
- And to top it off, The Compleat Al contains eight “Weird Al”,video classics: “Ricky”, “I Love Rocky Road”, the award-winning “Eat It”, “I Lost on Jeopardy”, “This Is the Life”, “Like a Surgeon”, “One More Minute”, and “Dare to Be Stupid.”
What We Thought:
- Weird Al Yankovic: The Compleat Al is a documentary from the 80s. It seems a bit dated nowadays, but I always liked Weird Al so it wasn’t too bad.
- It sort of tells his story, but you can tell a lot of it was added or changed. That’s fine, it is after all, Weird Al.
- There’s a good amount of Al TV on it which I remember always watching on MTV back in the day. I did like that it showed him on stage. I always thought he was a better musician than he got credit for. He had some pretty good original songs yet everyone remembers him for his parodies.
- But his parodies are great. This being an early documentary has a lot of his original ones. There’s Eat It, Like A Surgeon, and Ricky. It also has Dare to be Stupid which I always loved.
- I’m sure Weird Al being back in the limelight this year (his latest album went number 1) is one of the driving forces behind getting this documentary released. This probably hasn’t seen the light of day in over 20 years.
- If you are a fan, you’ll probably like Weird Al Yankovic: The Compleat Al. I liked it. I didn’t love it though. I guess I was expecting something a big different, but it was overall worth seeing as a fan.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Weird Al Yankovic
Recommended if You Like:
- Al TV
- Rock Docs