The new Netflix The comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” should convince everyone, even if you are not a big Will Ferrell fan and have no idea what Eurovision is.
The film features Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as the Icelandic title music duo, who pursue a lifelong dream of winning the huge international music competition. The film shows cameos from previous Eurovision actors and feels less like a parody than more like a celebration – albeit one that takes full account of the insane costumes and exaggerated production figures.
The Icelandic accents are shown and hidden, while the script written by Ferrell and Andrew Steele feels a bit like numbers. But it's all easy to forgive thanks to the film's obvious stupidity.
"The Story of Fire Saga" also benefits from some memorable performances. First, McAdams brings a surprising conviction to their dramatic scenes and (obviously lip-synced) songs. The film is also a treat for Dan Stevens fans as the "Legion" actor as Russian singer Alexander Lemtov is deliciously exaggerated.
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0:24 “Eurovision Song Contest” review
10:21 pm Spoiler discussion on the "Eurovision Song Contest"