To be honest I was going to skip this movie. Will Ferrell’s track record has been hit or miss with his films either being fun and funny films or eye rolling groan fests that aren’t that funny at all. But as silly as some of the clear Ferrell ad libs are in this film, the movie as a whole is surprisingly uplifting and touching.
And there are plenty of laughs in there too.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga follows two small-town singers (Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) who chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps test their bond.
The movie starts off small and silly with the two forming a two person band. While Lars (Ferrell) has childhood dreams of winning the Eurovision song contest, Sigrit (McAdams) is more along for the ride as she has romantic feeling for Lars. Of course no one believes in them and don’t think they have any shot of winning, but the pair are hopeless optimists. And actually quite good.
The film is silly but a very fun film to watch. The music in the film is also something to behold. Im not sure how much of it is original but it is amazing. There is also a nice cameo from pop star Demi Lovado as an Icelandic musical sensation.
Kudos to the director (or perhaps Will himself) is reining Ferrell in. Often Ferrell’s humour is too over the top and pushes his films into ridiculous territory. Not this time. Ferrell’s character of Lars is the right blend of eccentric and silly without being annoying groan inducing. McAdams also plays her character with the innocence and charm that she deserves.
I didn’t know what I was gong to get with Eurovision Song Contest but i was pleasantly surprised.
I loved it!
Where to watch: Netflix