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‘Eurovision’ is mildly entertaining

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 7/12/20

Not even a global pandemic can keep Will Ferrell from putting out weird, mildly entertaining new movies, though he’s gone straight to Netflix with “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire …

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‘Eurovision’ is mildly entertaining

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Not even a global pandemic can keep Will Ferrell from putting out weird, mildly entertaining new movies, though he’s gone straight to Netflix with “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”.

When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was some kind of elaborate gag Ferrell was pulling. But nope. “Eurovision” is a real movie, with real actors and a really old Will Ferrell doing his usual schtick. I’m a big Ferrell fan, and even I think his comedy is a bit strained in this movie.

Still, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” is a weird, fun flick with a lot of great music. And if you’re already subscribed to Netflix, the movie is free to watch.

Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Lars and Sigrit, two middle-aged nobodies from Iceland who make up the band Fire Saga in their small town. They have never accomplished anything in life because Lars has only ever dreamed of performing in the Eurovision Song Contest, and Sigrit has only ever dreamed of marrying Lars. When a series of coincidences and unfortunate accidents actually lands them on the fabled song contest, the two must finally sort out their feelings and their act in order to perform on one of the biggest stages in the world.

First thing’s first: the Eurovision Song Contest is apparently a real thing. Much like soccer, it’s one of those popular European things that America just never got into.

Beyond that, the contest leads to a lot of good music in this movie. “Eurovision Song Contest” is a comedy, for sure, but they still spend a lot of time on big, wild musical numbers. And that adds a lot to a movie like this. What could have been just another middle-of-the-road Will Ferrell comedy at least has some great musical numbers.

Still, the movie is a bit of a middle-of-the-road Will Ferrell comedy, so your enjoyment may vary based on how much you like or dislike his style of humor. For one thing, he’s definitely showing his age. Being at least a decade older than the eternally young McAdams doesn’t help. For another thing, “Eurovision” just isn’t his sharpest material.

But this is still an entertaining movie. “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” is a weird one, but definitely worth your time if you’ve already got Netflix.

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