The new Netflix comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” ought to win anybody over, even for those who’re not an enormous Will Ferrell fan and don’t know what Eurovision is.
The movie stars Ferrell and Rachel McAdams because the titular Icelandic musical duo, who’re pursuing a lifelong dream of profitable on the monumental worldwide musical competitors. The movie options cameo appearances from previous Eurovision performers, and it feels much less like a parody and extra like a celebration — albeit one which absolutely embraces the insane costumes and over-the-top manufacturing numbers.
The Icelandic accents fade out and in, whereas the script — written by Ferrell and Andrew Steele — can really feel a bit by-the-numbers. But it’s all straightforward to forgive, because of the film’s apparent goofiness.
“The Story of Fire Saga” additionally advantages from some memorable performances. McAdams, for one, brings a stunning conviction to her dramatic scenes and her (clearly lip synched) songs. The film’s additionally a deal with for Dan Stevens followers, because the “Legion” actor goes deliciously over-the-top because the Russian singer Alexander Lemtov.
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0:24 “Eurovision Song Contest” assessment
22:21 “Eurovision Song Contest” spoiler dialogue