EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) – My rating: 7.5/10

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a musical comedy directed by David Dobkin and written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele.  Since I’m not a fan of Will Ferrell’s brand of slapstick comedy, I thought Eurovision Song Contest was going to be one of those movies.  Eurovision follows Fire Saga who is given the chance to represent their country (Iceland) at the Eurovision Song Contest. I enjoyed the film, which has great music and is quite entertaining.

In the small town of Húsavík, Iceland, Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) a  middle-aged man with aspirations of winning the Eurovision Song Contest and Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Rachel McAdams) are best friends since childhood. Together the two make their own music under the name Fire Saga. Lars’ widowed father Erick (Pierce Brosnan) wanted his son to be a fisherman or anything except a singer that he doesn’t believe in. Lars has one dream: to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Sigrit only wishes for a romantic relationship with Lars.  Particularly deep into his “art”, when they perform at the local bar, the audience only wants to hear the suggestive nonsense song “JaJa Ding Dong”. Lars and Sigrit register for Eurovision and are randomly selected to take part in Söngvakeppnin, which is an Icelandic pre-selection for Eurovision. Sigrit, who believes in the old Icelandic tradition of elves, sometimes talks to them asking that they help get Fire Saga into the contest hoping that if they do win, Lars will finally return her romantic feelings for him.

Due to technical difficulties, Fire Saga’s performance at Söngvakeppnin is a disaster and the talented Katiana Lindsdóttir (Demi Lovato) wins. Lars, feeling dejected, decides not to attend the boat party thrown for all the finalists and sits disappointed on the dock. All of a sudden as Sigrit tries to comfort him, the party boat explodes, killing everyone on board. Fire Saga, as the only surviving contestants, become Iceland’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest by default. Lars and Sigrit arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Eurovision is being held. Once there, they struggle with a new remix of their song and Lars’ desire for an elaborate stage design. They meet Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens), a Russian singer who is the favorite to win the contest. He invites them to a party at his house, attended by a number of real former Eurovision contestants, where he introduces Lars and Sigrit to the Greek contestant Mita Xenakis (Melissanthi Mahu). Alexander and Sigrit spend the night together, as do Lars and Mita. Actually, neither couple had sex but each thinks the other did, which creates tensions within Fire Saga and almost derails their plans for the semifinal. When Lars overhears Sigrit working on a new song in their hotel room he wrongly assumes it is a love song for Alexander. Katiana’s ghost appears to Lars and warns him that his life is in danger but he ignores her.

Eurovision Song Contest has a lot going on.  In fact, there are two hours and three minutes of flashy, fun-filled rehearsals, dancing, drama, and even suspenseful scenes. These are some of the best singing performances I’ve seen in this style of movie. Erik Mjönes, Demi Lovato, and Molly Sandén’s singing were outstanding. I was really blown away by the standard of singing as well as the songs.  While the movie was silly at times, it was still a good solid plot that held your interest.  Everything comes together in Eurovision, no loose ends in this story.  I would describe the movie as a feel-good film with lots of entertaining performances to help out.  There were some obvious reasons to laugh out loud including Lars’ overall look compared to Sigrit’s overall look. To find out if they win the contest or if Lars and Sigrit ever really get together plus a host of other unanswered questions, you’ll have to watch the movie.  BTW:  Eurovision Song Contest is a real thing that was canceled last year because of Covid-19.  Also, Molly Sandén is the voice behind all of Sigrit’s songs and Erik Mjönes sings all of Lemtov’s songs, both are outstanding. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 63% based on 174 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site’s critic’s consensus reads: “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga contains inspired ingredients and laugh-out-loud moments but they’re outnumbered by the flat stretches in this overlong comedy.” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is currently streaming on Netflix — Check It Out!

[EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga is Oscar-nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for Best Original Song — Totaling 1 Nomination]

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s