A pair of small-town Icelandic singers (Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) take their dreams of pop stardom to the global music competition, Eurovision. Will they make it to the top or will the pressure to succeed tear them apart?
For those of you unfamiliar with Eurovision, it is known worldwide for being over the top. So what can you expect from a Netflix film about Eurovision starring Will Ferrell in spandex?
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an entertaining yet mindless parody. It is stuffed with flashy theatrics, outlandish characters and a huge sing along scene featuring the music of ABBA and Cher.
However, what could have been a truly fun ride is dragged down by unfunny gags, a forced romantic storyline and sadly, Will Ferrell.
Ferrell overplays his typical outrageous man-child role, drifting in an out of his poorly done Icelandic accent. He’s one of my favorite comedians, but I am over his same song and dance on screen. I wish he just took the backseat on this role and stuck to being only the writer.
However, it is McAdams who is the true stand out. Her natural timing and comedic delivery mixed with her irresistible charm are impeccable. You fall in love with her sweetness — and if you’re like me, spend most of the film confused why her character is isn’t dreaming bigger than Ferrell’s character.
In addition to McAdams’s stellar performance, Dan Stevens steals the show as the macho, seductive contestant from Russia. He REALLY gives it his all into the role and it was fun to see him be so goofy.
Netflix, let’s try to make a more creative comedy next time that runs at a solid 90 minutes.
Even though the songs are catchy, what bothered me the most about this comedy is its runtime. It is SO DAMN long. There’s absolutely no reason for a goofy comedy like this to be a little over two hours.
Let’s just say, this is one concert that doesn’t need an encore.
Final Thoughts: Overall, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an unoriginal comedy that wastes McAdam’s comedic talents.
But hey, if you’re bored at home, go ahead and watch.