Film Review – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Title – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Director – David Dobkin (The Judge)

Cast – Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Demi Lovato, Graham Norton

Plot – Long-term Icelandic friends and music lovers Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams) find themselves in Scotland competing in the famed Eurovision song contest, despite many doubters believing they’re no chance of taking out the top prize.

“The elves went too far!”

Review by Eddie on 01/07/2020

Much like the contest of its title, Netflix’s latest high-profile comedy, that re-teams Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin with that films participants Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is all over the top color and joy with little substance to substantiate it but delivers exactly what it promises to do, lots of silly and fun entertainment.

Sharing a great chemistry together, heightened by the fact McAdams continues to prove her powers in the comedy game after a stand out turn a few years back in Game Night, Eurovision may outstay its welcome slightly at a generous two hour runtime but there’s enough winning moments here to make the oddball trip we take worth it.

Filled with a killer soundtrack and some original ditties with titles such as scene stealer Ja Ja Ding Dong, Volcano Man and Lion of Love, Eurovision wears its heart on its sleeve as its game cast commit to every aspect of Dobkin and Ferrell’s wild ride (with Ferrell helping pen the script after being inspired by his own love for the famed singing contest), making this one of those infectiously enjoyable offerings, that despite your better judgement, you can’t help but enjoy.

Following the journey of Ferrell and McAdams long-time Icelandic based friends and music lovers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, as they find themselves unexpectedly representing their home country in the worlds biggest song contest, Eurovision introduces us to a wide range of colorful characters and side players from Dan Steven’s flamboyant Russian singer Alexander Lemtov, Pierce Brosnan’s grumpy music hater and father to Lars Erick and Demi Lovato’s unfortunate Katiana but the film really shines when its simply Ferrell and McAdams alone doing their best work.

Seeming a little too old for this kind of thing now, Ferrell is his usual overplaying it self as the obsessive Lars but when his playing alongside the elves-believing McAdams as Sigrit, the film finds a genuinely nice groove that it can bounce along from, especially with McAdams embedding so much charm and heart into her role, elevating Eurovision from acceptable comedy to the perfect dumb antidote to the world in which we find ourselves in now.

Final Say – 

A big dumb overblown comedy that never attempts to become anything more than a silly and brash comedic exercise, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga successfully reunites Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as it delivers solid laughs and toe-tapping tunes.

3 portaloo’s out of 5  

11 responses to “Film Review – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

  1. I am so happy to read that.
    I stumbled upon this movie the other day and have been considering watching it. Now that the long weekend is on us, I probably will. A comedy like that is exactly what I was hoping for.

  2. I’ve decided to see it the moment I’ve seen the trailer as I grew up in a family where Eurovision was a yearly event. As my teenage years advanced I found it more and more silly until I just lost interest. It had a short revival in my life when Finnish hard rock band Lordi unexpectedly won in 2006. I feel the inspiration for this movie must be related to that.

    • P.S. Forgot to mention I was living in Finland from 2000-2011.
      Also wanted to ask you if you have seen Eurovision contest at some point?

      • Hey mate, the contest is quite popular here in Australia, especially after we were allowed to compete in it to! This movie really captures the spirit of it I think, even if its very silly.

      • Interesting to hear that it’s popular outside of Europe as well. Also I had no idea they expanded the participating countries beyond Europe. I have not heard anything about popularity beyond the countries that compete until now. My Uruguayan wife tells me she has been aware of it since the 80s, but was never a ,must see event for her family.

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