Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Friday, July 3, 2020

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga: Movie Review

It's classic Will Ferrell with "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga". It's the same comedic style that made him such a staple back in the early part of this century. If you were a fan of his films like "Blades of Glory", "Semi-Pro", or even "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" then you know what you are getting yourself into. It's weird, it's funky, and it's fun - when it wants to be.

Since they were kids, Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) have dreamt of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. But decades later, Lars and Sigrit have yet to accomplish this so much so that people from their hometown mock and laugh at them. But with some stroke of luck and tragedy, the two get a chance of a lifetime as they are selected to represent Iceland in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Can the two finally prove their hometown and even the whole of Europe wrong?
At more than two hours long, "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" overstays its welcome by around half an hour. This is the perfect example of a film trying to do so much when it just needed to get to point a to point b as quickly and efficiently as possible. It had long bouts were nothing really happens. Worse, the story provides nothing new and it was ultimately predictable every step of the way. But we must admit, even with its glaring deficiencies in its narrative, the film was quite entertaining and fun. The film is bolstered heavily by the songs and performances littered throughout the film. Most of the tunes were catchy and fits right into the Eurovision theme. The very final and climactic song was surprisingly powerful and emotional especially considering that this was a no nonsense comedy film at its core. Acting-wise, it was disappointingly so-so. The chemistry between Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams was non-existent and we really had a hard time believing that they were in love with each other the whole time. Additionally, their accents did not sound authentic at all but admittedly we are not the best judges on that one. Overall, "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" will be entertaining as long as you manage your expectations. The soundtrack and accompanying performances were excellent but everything else was just average.
Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- the soundtrack and performances were entertaining

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- everything else was just average
- a bit too long and complicated for a no nonsense comedy film

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