Nowadays it’s arduous to foretell what we are going to get out of a Will Ferrell comedy, because the spectrum ranges from horribly unwatchable to spectacularly humorous. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, falls someplace within the center, a movie that actually does keep entertaining regardless of the poor performing and questionable tempo. Director David Dobkin melds collectively the story of Fire Saga, an Icelandic duet with one purpose: win the Eurovision Song Contest. What begins off as a ridiculous cookie-cutter Ferrell comedy, evolves right into a enjoyable underdog story that may have the viewers cheering for Fire Saga earlier than the credit roll.
Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) grew up within the small Icelandic city of Husavik, with nothing to do apart from mingle with the locals. After being impressed by the Eurovision Song Contest as kids, the duo determined to commit their lives to turning into pop stars. Fire Saga was shaped, and the 2 have devoted each waking hour to their dream, a lot to the dismay of Erick (Pierce Brosnan), Lars’ disapproving father. A sequence of excellent fortune lands Fire Saga within the qualifying levels for the Eurovision Song Contest, and a disastrous efficiency virtually ends their quest for superstardom. Luckily for the beginner pop duo, extra success arrives, and Fire Saga will get yet another likelihood to realize their purpose.
Eurovision wrestles with itself for many of the film, by no means figuring out which route to take. The script, written by Ferrell and Andrew Steele, is definitely fairly participating; there’s nothing too deep or intriguing right here, however the story evolves into an underdog story crammed with coronary heart. At some level, the movie stops making an attempt to be a comedy, and begins to delve into Lars and Sigrit’s awkward relationship (are they siblings? lovers?). They are a really complicated pair, purposely crafted this fashion within the identify of comedy. This results in some pacing points, because the plot begins to discover their mysterious relationship a bit an excessive amount of.
As it turns into much less of a comedy all through the 123-minute run time, it turns into extra of a musical drama. This improvement is for one of the best as a result of the laughs are few and much between, and the comedic chemistry between Ferrell and McAdams simply isn’t there. In truth, the performing is a low level right here. Many scenes fall flat because of the co-stars’ incapacity to carry a constant Icelandic accent, and many of the peripheral characters do the identical. Dan Stevens portrayal of a fictional Russian pop sensation, Alexander Lemtov, suffers from a lot of the identical. In a movie centered round music, it must be famous that Will Ferrell sang all of his personal vocals, whereas McAdams used the skills of Swedish singer Molly Sandén. Many of the musical scenes within the film are satisfying. Grandiose performances are littered all through, and Dobkin’s temporary expertise of directing music movies actually comes via on this flick.
Eurovision Song Contest is way from good, however there’s sufficient right here that makes it value watching. Going into Eurovision with the best mindset is vital. The novelty of the “little band that could” from a small city in Iceland makes the movie a bit extra grounded than one would possibly anticipate, and fortunately, an attractive story permits the viewers to filter out a few of its obtrusive flaws.