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Eurovision Song Contest:    The Story of Fire Saga                  review by Bobby Blakey


Throughout his career Will Ferrell has established himself as not only one of the biggest comedic stars, but also the most diverse. He continues to take on the silly and bizarre like only he can. His latest flick Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga teams him up with Rachel McAdams taking on the real life song competition Eurovision. The film costars Dan Stevens and Pierce Brosnan from Wedding crashers and The Judge director David Dobkin, but can it bring the music and laughs or will it get eliminated from the competition?

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga follows aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit who are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition and finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. Not long ago a music video of sorts debuted of Ferrell and McAdams in what appeared to be some Viking themed music and it turns out that was exactly right and also promotion to this film. After looking into it I didn’t even know that this Eurovision was a real thing that has been going on since 1956 which makes this film all the more entertaining.

The story is pretty simple and very much on par with older Ferrell films like Blades of Glory and Talledega Nights. I wasn’t sure what to think of this flick and avoided any full trailers so that I could go in fresh. Interesting enough as silly as it is at times it isn’t so much stupid parody like I had expected. Sure there is plenty of ridiculous moments but that is all wrapped up in a sweet and often times predictable story that works. I really enjoyed this film way more than I had expected. When it started I was a little worried as it felt a bit klunky, but quickly found its footing. I will say that despite it being fun if you are not a Ferrell fan then you will likely have the same thoughts on this movie since he is vintage Ferrell.

He and McAdams have good chemistry and work better as partners than I would have expected.

You can totally buy into their friendship and the direction it is heading. The always great Dan Stevens does a great job being all in for this over the top

character that is both fun to watch and one you want to hate. Pierce Brosnan has a smaller role playing Ferrell’s father which I thought was going to fail miserably since they aren’t that far apart in age, but thanks to a perfectly place epic beard and grump demeanor it works great.

The film is filled with musical performances and an eclectic group of performers that include a variety of previous contestants and winners from the real life Eurovision competition. Big ups to Ferrell for not only taking his love for this show to shine light on it and the talented people that have been involved right down to real life host Graham Norton. This film didn’t offer the nonstop dumb laughs I expected, but instead laughs, heart, music and a fun love story that is worth checking out.

Decide for yourself and check out Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga exclusively on Netflix.  

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