tdwightdavis’s review published on Letterboxd:
So let’s jump straight to this movie’s biggest problem: the script. It’s really bad. The jokes don’t land. It’s boring and predictable. You’ll know how a solid 98% of the plot will play out within the first 10 minutes (I was surprised by the ending, I’ll give it that). There are a few laughs to be had but mostly it’s really rote. And there’s no reason for this movie to be over 2 hours long. It should be 90 minutes, max.
But somehow it still works. And by somehow I mean there’s three reasons this works: Rachel McAdams who is an absolute treasure that we do not deserve, Dan Stevens who gives a hilariously good performance, and the songs that fucking slap. Seriously, every song in this movie is a banger. They really could have gone the bad route of making the songs all silly and bad but instead they wrote wall to wall fucking bangers that will be stuck in your head for a long time after the movie ends (the last song performed at Eurovision is truly, stunningly beautiful and actually made me tear up just a bit). And having those amazing songs in this movie really elevates an otherwise mediocre film. The couple of well-placed Sigur Rós needle drops are great too.