Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

“The elves went too far!” – Sigrit Erickdottir

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A musical duo from Iceland dream of representing their country in the European musical competition Eurovision.

My Take on it – This is a really fun film that is able to take its premise to the limit and then go beyond that.

The cast is great and both Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams do wonderful jobs in the lead roles.

Their performances are so over the top yet they still make this story feel so real because of it.

Most Americans will unfortunately not get most of the humor in this film because it is both paying tribute to and making fun of a European song contest that is always filled with lots of quirky, characters, songs, costumes and performers.

Some of the bands that have appears (and even won) are quite eccentric and that knowledge adds so much to the way one views a film like this one.

This is a very upbeat film throughout and the way that they present the music helps enhance things and make it more enjoyable to watch.

This film cleverly utilized the King Ralph (1991) scenario and that works really well in this instance.

There are tons of quirky scenes, characters and dialogue that are all over the top, yet add so much to things and in the end helps make it so enjoyable and fun to watch even if it is far from being perfect.

Bottom Line – Such a fun movie because it takes things to the limit and beyond.  Ferrell and McAdams are both wonderful here and help make things feel so real.  This is a film made especially for people living in European countries who are quite familiar with the eccentric bands that has taken part in this contest over the past 60 years. Unfortunately, Americans won’t get a lot of the jokes because of that. The film is quite upbeat throughout and the music helps make things even more enjoyable to watch.  Love the way that they implement the King Ralph (1991) scenario in order to present the story in a certain light. The film is filled with lots of quirky scenes, characters and dialogue yet still manages to stay engaging the whole way through.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Will Ferrell’s interest in the Eurovision Song Contest began when his Swedish wife Viveca Paulin took him to her cousins house in May 1999 and the family turned the competition on. Since then, he kept following it. In 2014, Ferrell traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to watch the finale of The Eurovision Song Contest (2014), in which Conchita Wurst was crowned the winner. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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3 thoughts on “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

  1. I enjoyed the movie. 8 out of 10 might be overly generous. It’s supremely goofy, plot thin, but Will and Rachel are game. It’s best when it’s singing- either the dumb tune that they get requested at home, or the raucous all hands on deck mash up of all the contestants at the night before party – and the final competition numbers (especially the surprise from Fire Saga). BTW – although not an expert in the Eurovision contest – I was well aware that it had been won by ABBA and Waterloo – which was the set up in this movie. I knew Ferrell could carry a tune – and he’s never asked to do much more than that – but McAdams character really belts out some serious notes – and I figured if she could really sing that well – I’d have known it before now, so I watched the end credits for the songs – and who “performed” them. I’ve never seen credits like this before in a musical – all the songs done by Fire Saga were credited as “performed” by Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and a 2nd woman singer – Molly Sanden – a Swedish singer who also goes by My Marianne. Apparently, McAdams vocals were recorded for each song and then mixed with Sanden doing the same song using whatever worked best from each for a sort of duet by a single character to produce the final product – some of which (like the song Husavik, a tribute to Lars and Sigit’s Icelandic hometown – is a knockout tune.


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