From what I gather, Eurovision is one of the biggest singing competitions in the world, filled with glitz, excitement and entertaining performances. It’s too bad Netflix’s new movie surrounding this event lacks all of that. Just like its title, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is forgettable and unnecessarily long.
In the small islandic town of Húsavík, singing duo and best friends, Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrid (Sigrid), make music with the hopes of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Although, most of the townspeople think they’re a big joke. But after some lucky unforeseen events (and perhaps with help from some elves), they are selected as Iceland’s entry to the big event.
The story’s premise has some charm, but the execution just lacks energy and humour. The plot hits all the predictable beats of an underdog tale, without much excitement or triumph. Everything feels simultaneously rushed yet dragging. You really notice the 2 hour run-time. And each conflict comes off as clichéd and pointless as they’re resolved almost immediately.
The music itself was okay, just not that memorable. But considering this movie centers around a singing competition, the unimpressionable music sequences are a real let-down. Even the “song along” scene – featuring real-life Eurovision contestants – never gets to be as enjoyable as it should. The choice of have the characters break the forth wall to create a music-video quality just feels out of place and odd.
Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams unfortunately cannot salvage his unfunny script. They are playful and sweet, but there just isn’t any entertaining banter to get us behind their relationship. Most of the jokes fall flat, and the few that work, draw a chuckle at most.
Unfortunately, Netflix’s latest comedy endeavor is quite the slog, despite its quirky, wholesome premise. The lackluster music, comedy and characters never really come together to create much.