Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga ★★½

I went to this film with low expectations based on the trailer. It looked stupid, silly, and outrageous. Will Ferrell doing a musical is such a strange choice for him to do. It turns out after I watched the film… I was completely right, but it was better than I thought. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are great and have convincing Icelandic accents in the film. Their chemistry is very sweet and they work well together given with their dialogue being silly to listen to.

What makes this movie work for most of it, is that it doesn’t take itself seriously and just have fun with this bizarre premise. Dan Stevens was having a ball with his performance as a Russian flamboyant contestant of the Eurovision Song Contest that has a thing going on with Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Rachel McAdams). I can’t help but appreciate the film for having fun because I was having fun with it at some points, especially with their songs being entertaining to listen to.

Half of the movie I was laughing at the jokes they were using in the film, but I wasn't laughing in the other half. There was a running gag that I was getting a bit tired of that they keep using such as Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams looking like brother and sister. It wasn’t that funny the first time, but it was getting tiring when I heard it like 3-5 times. Whenever Rachel McAdams sings in this film, most of the time it’s so obvious that she’s lip-synced by a different singer, which makes sense as Molly Sandén sings Rachel McAdams’s part.

The movie is way too long that it could’ve been better if it was around 100 minutes instead of 123 minutes because there were parts that were repeating itself that I thought we were done with. Pierce Brosman I feel wasn’t all that great because it was unconvincing with the accent he was using. The story of the film is nothing special as it’s the same kind of comedy film that has been done countless times. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a mixed bag for me that even though I had a good time and it was refreshing to see a strange comedy from 2020, there was a lot of stuff in the film that was holding me back for giving it a decent rating.

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