When aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
This is the latest big budget original film to come out of Netflix and once again, that budget is visible on screen. Set in Iceland and Edinburgh, the film features huge sets, fantastic costumes and most importantly believable stating of the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
The film is never hilarious, but it will make you laugh and smile. If you think ‘The Full Monty’, it’s that kind of tone – a feel good story where you’re willing our underdogs to succeed despite the odds.
Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey) steals the show as the over-the-top Russian entry, whilst Ferrell delivers a character who is eccentric to say the least, but not so OTT that you can’t buy into him and care about him.
It’s not easy task to deliver a story centred around Eurovision – an institution across Europe that often feels like a parody of itself – and to get the tone right. But that’s achieved here and whilst it’s certainly delivered with much humour, you don’t get the sense that it is laughing at Eurovision, more that it is laughing with it.
The team behind this movie – Ferrell included – clearly love Eurovision, and there is plenty here to prove that including multiple cameos that will delight.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an easy to watch, big budget, funny and likeable comedy that we highly recommend.