‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ Will Be the Hot Topic of the Summer.
At a time when virtually no new movies are coming out (thanks, global pandemic), Netflix was able to release a new original film featuring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams called “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. The story centers on Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams), two Icelandic singers who dream of competing in Eurovision, a music competition for European countries. Lars is singularly focused on winning (and gaining his father’s approval), so much so that he barely notices Sigrit pining after him for the majority of the film. The pair make it to Eurovision through a twisted turn of events, even though many people find them to be more of a joke than a serious musical act. After arriving at Eurovision, Lars and Sigritcontinually make mistakes in their performances, but Sigrit’snatural talent catches the eye of Russian contestant, Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens).
The film was the talk of Twitter this week, many raving about the film’s humor and a surprisingly emotional ending. The buzz was enough to pull me in as a viewer, but I have to say, Eurovision will be a point of heated discussion in social circles this summer. The film started out slow, most jokes searching for a place to land. Ferrell’s accents and wig harken back to his performance in “Blades of Glory”, another one of his films that dons a mocking tone.
One of the reasons the film started out slow for me is it begins with Sigrit’s unrequited love for Lars, which is very confusing. Lars doesn’t have many redeeming qualities at all, except that he taught Sigrit to sing when they were children. The lead actors lack much chemistry which makes the desired romance that much more uninteresting.
The one bright spot in the film is the music. Although McAdams’ voice was blended with a real Icelandic singer, she did some of her own singing in the film and was magnificent. Many viewers will be surprised by her vocal ability. Ferrell does all of his own singing, which is mediocre.
Without giving any spoilers, many viewers will be surprised at how emotional the final act of the film really is. All in all, the humor did not land, but the musical performances kept the film interesting enough to see through to the end.
Have you seen “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”? If so, let me know what you thought!