Connect with us
the story of fire saga
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga- (L-R) Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong, Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir. Cr. Elizabeth Viggiano/NETFLIX © 2020

Movie Reviews

‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ review: Latest Will Ferrell comedy brings much needed laughs

Will Ferrell tries to bring the laughs.

AIPT may be compensated for part of the sale if you buy something through this post. Read our Privacy Policy for more.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga has an interesting setting. The movie takes place at the annual song competition of the same name. The Netflix comedy stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Icelandic duo entered in the contest. No one gives the two much of a chance to succeed, including the people of their own country.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly movies podcast, Adventures in Movies!

For better or worse, this is not much different than most Ferrell comedies. This means there is plenty of wacky hijinx and physical comedy. There is also a story about self discovery. Whether a person likes Fire Saga depends on what they think of Ferrell’s works. One thing that even fans will notice, is this a toned down affair for the Anchorman star. Fire Saga is long at a little over two hours. Still, it does not seem to follow through on all its jokes. Many moments have a beginning and a punch line but lack a build. They are still funny; there is just a feeling there should have been more.

Director David Dobkin does an excellent job of catching Fire Saga’s atmosphere. There are great set pieces and musical numbers that have a European feel to them. The opening Fire Saga video looks like something Ace of Base would have shot during their heyday. It is not the type of authenticity excepted to be found in such a silly movie.

There are a surprising amount of jokes at the expense of gay men in the movie. They are never offensive, but it is noticeable. For example, there is a reporter who is a gay stereotype straight out of the 1980s. There is also a reveal that seems like something out of one of Ferrell’s earliest efforts. Both are played for laughs and neither are hateful. It is odd to see, however.

The strongest moments are towards the end. Ferrell shows less restraint and there are more laughs to be had. There is an air of spontaneity the rest of Fire Saga lacks. This is unsurprising. Will Ferrell has been a part of some of the most quotable comedies of all time. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga may not go down with his classics, but it is a fun watch. 

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga premieres June 26 on Netflix.

Comments

In Case You Missed It

The comics podcast talk webcomics, why they're good, and pick their favorites. The comics podcast talk webcomics, why they're good, and pick their favorites.

AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 79: Our favorite webcomics and what makes the format so great

Comic Books

New WWE United States Championshipdesign New WWE United States Championshipdesign

New WWE United States Championship design unveiled on Raw

Pro Wrestling

Comic-Con@Home Comic-Con@Home

Comic-Con@Home 2020: Day 3 schedule and events revealed

Comic Books

Robert Kirkman explains Marvel 'resented the fact that I didn't need them.' Robert Kirkman explains Marvel 'resented the fact that I didn't need them.'

Robert Kirkman says he was “treated like crap” at Marvel Comics

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup