Ah, the Eurovision Song Contest. Who would have thought that the annual festival, which began back in 1956 and now spans 40 plus nations (even Australia have joined in), would become the bonkers experience that it is now. With a string of iconic performances including Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi” (1988), ABBA with “Waterloo” (1974) and Bucks Fizz with “Making Your Mind Up” (1981), accompanied by the sheer amount of watch parties that have cemented themselves as tradition each year, I’m surprised no one attempted to make this film sooner. Unfortunately this year’s contest was cancelled due to the global pandemic, so when Netflix released the spoof music video “Volcano man”, I genuinely couldn’t be more excited as Ferrell and McAdams brilliantly captured the ridiculousness of the contest.
Directed by David Dobkin, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga centres on Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams), two aspiring Icelandic musicians who’s ultimate dream is to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. By some crazy random happenstance, the two get a shot at the qualifiers, and against all odds find themselves stumbling into the pop competition. Facing some stiff competition from fellow entries Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens) and Mita Xenakis (Melissanthi Mahut), can the two finally prove themselves on the global stage?
This underdog story about a pair of loveable misfits who dream of triumphing at the song contest is definitely an interesting mix of fish out of water comedy with elements of spoof/parody and musical performances thrown in the mix. I genuinely didn’t