George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an American comedy film directed by David Dobkin and starring Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato.
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country, Iceland, at the world's biggest song competition Eurovision, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for, the movie depicts their highs and lows of their journey.
Almost every aspect of this film is awkward. Most of the acting, the production quality, audio mixing, writing they all are. There are very little laughs but does have quite a good final song. I knew going into this film that this wasn't my type of film, and watching it only made me more sure that Netflix will buy/make anything these days. Now going back to the awkward part of this film, listening to the fake Islandic accents really didn't work for me, I have nothing against Will Farrell and Rachel McAdams but they really didn't work in this film, the acting was good enough but it was so awkward and the accents only made that more so.
The problem is that Eurovision Song Contest can’t dream of capturing the real-life weirdness of Eurovision, I've only ever seen a small amount of Eurovision each year and trust me, its weird. Whilst this film is awkward, it never captures that charm or weirdness that the actual contest represents and that ultimately lets the film down for me. While there’s some fun that can be taken out of McAdams and Ferrell lip syncing a surprisingly catchy song while running through a hamster wheel, it still doesn't make up for the lack of enjoyment I had throughout.
However, with all the negatives I've talked about, I must say that the scenery is incredibly beautiful and when they finally get to the competition, I did enjoy watching the performances as they were quite a bit of fun to watch. After the first hour the film picks up the pace a little bit and does start to become slightly more enjoyable. The Graham Norton cameo was a nice addition but whilst the second half of the film is a tiny bit more enjoyable, the conflicts still aren't enjoyable at all for me and whatever that ghost shit was, bloody hell, that was bad.
This has to be possibly the strangest film to come out of 2020 so far. Its clear that this is a satirical take on actual events but it just doesn't work for me. I can see why other people would enjoy it but unfortunately this isn't my type of film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga has some oddly fun moments but unfortunately lacks in many other qualities. The final product feels awkward throughout and just didn't appeal that much to me.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is so strange, weird, unfunny and awkward but still slightly enjoyable at times. If you love movies then you might as well watch it once because after the first hour the film picks up a little bit and starts to become more enjoyable. I can see why people like this film but sadly I didn't enjoy 95% of the film, but I will say I did really enjoy the final song that they performed, that was really good and that pushed up my rating for it.