'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' - Joe's Take
2020 | 12+ | 123 mins | Dir. David Dobkin
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
Like Eurovision itself it is certainly a guilty pleasure watch at best for me and it crucially doesn’t take itself too seriously.The issue with it however is that despite it's tongue in cheek approach it still just isn't funny enough to drag what it's trying to do over its two-hour runtime.
Will Ferrell and Rachael McAdams have the likability and the comedy chops to elevate everything that is lacking around them but unfortunately, whilst a couple of the songs are a perfect reflection of what the actual song contest has to offer, there is sadly too much that doesn't work and weighs the whole film down.
Those who love the “Will Ferrell in a wig” comedies will probably get something from this but sadly the film simply runs out of steam and becomes far more uninteresting as it reaches the song contest itself in the final act.
STARRING: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Graham Norton,
BEST QUOTE: “Give up on your dreams now while your still young”
TRIVIA: The film was originally scheduled for a May 2020 release but was postponed until July when the event was cancelled due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
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'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' Trailer