Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong and Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir in 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.'
Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong and Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir in 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.'
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OUR RATING

4/5 Stars

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga tells the story of two musicians from Iceland who chase their dream of competing in one of the world's largest singing competitions despite having all the odds stacked against them. 

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

In May, the world was blessed with the musical masterpiece that is Volcano Man - a taste of what was to come from Will Ferrell's new movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

The hilariously catchy song features phrases like "volcanic protector man", which, while no one knows what the heck it means, seems to be a standout line among online fans. Along with that comes a theatrical video, which features Will and his co-star Rachel McAdams who plays "Sigrit" in the movie.

Eurovision is based on the actual competition of the same name which takes place annually. While it may not be as popular outside of Europe, the contest is known for catapulting the careers of musical icons like ABBA and Celine Dion. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Eurovision contest was cancelled, but now fans can still get their fix of the theatrics that comes along with the show in this comedic take on it.

This movie was a welcomed escape for me - a light-hearted comedy that combines singing, over the top characters, insane costumes and a slew of famous faces.

I fell in love with Lars (played by Will) and Sigrit (played by Rachel) almost immediately. Honestly, it's difficult not to smile when you first come across the two, even more so when you see them perform songs like Double Trouble.

Against all the odds, Lars and Sigrit make it into the Eurovision contest where they now have to represent Iceland. Things, as you can imagine, don't go too well.

The film is an easy-to-watch comedy - able to elicit a laugh without much effort. It's silly, but sweet. And with the addition of characters like Alexander Lemtov (played by Dan Stevens), you'll be entertained throughout.

As you would expect, there are also a few Easter eggs from the Eurovision competition within the movie. Former contestant Conchita Wurst makes an appearance, and there's a group number which includes a performance of ABBA's Waterloo (without a doubt one of my favourite scenes).

Another scene sees Will's character performing in a life-sized hamster wheel - this was inspired by a 2014 Eurovision act.

So, if you're in need of a good laugh and enjoy a bit of in-your-face comedy, then grab the popcorn, and find a comfy seat. And don't be surprised if you find yourself humming the lyrics to Volcano Man for the next few days.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

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