Eurovision Review: ‘The Story of Fire Saga’ Is A Watchable and Entertaining Will Ferrell’s comedy

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga review

Movie title: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Movie description: Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir, two childhood friends from Island who have a band and dream about Eurovision. They are not popular or very talented duo but due to certain circumstances they end representing Island on Eurovision Song Contest.

Genre: Comedy

2.5

Summary

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a typical Will Ferrell’s movie. Not all jokes hit the target and it’s a little overlong and predictable, but it is also a feel-good and entertaining comedy that has its moments. 

Director: David Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights, The Judge)

Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato

Genre: Comedy

Year: 2020

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If you watched any of Will Ferrell’s comedies you know exactly what to expect from his latest one. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, directed by David Dobkin, is a typical Will Ferrell comedy but one that is actually a good-natured and entertaining and better than his last couple of movies which were a disaster.

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir, two childhood friends from Island who have a band and dream about Eurovision. They are not popular or very talented duo but due to certain circumstances they end representing Island on Eurovision Song Contest. Initially, the movie was supposed to be released in May 2020 but due to ongoing pandemic and theaters around the world closed, it was released on Netflix on June 26, 2020.

You might be thinking what made Will Ferrell do a comedy about Eurovision, as he’s an American and Eurovision is a song contest featuring primarily European participants, but actually Ferrell was introduced to Eurovision by his wife, Viveca Paulin, who is Swedish, in 1999. He even attended the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal as a preparation for the film.

Will you like this movie depends much on do you like Will Ferrell, his movies and man-boy characters. If don’t, then skip this one as Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga won’t change your mind. But if you’re a fan or find him at least ok and bearable and don’t have anything better to do there are a lot of worse ways you could spend 2 hours (like watching Netflix’s latest action movie The Old Guard). It’s not on the same level as his best movies like Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Old School, or The Other Guys but it also isn’t a disaster like Anchorman 2, Holmes & Watson, or The House.

Look,  Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga isn’t an original, smart, or deep movie with outstanding performances and script. But you don’t expect that from this kind of movies. Not all jokes hit the target and it’s a little overlong and predictable, but it is also a feel-good and entertaining comedy that has its moments and will provide a few laughs. And during these times we all need a little laugh. And if you’re a fan of Eurovision (I’m not), that is one more reason to check out this movie.

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