Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is the most ridiculous yet most necessary film of 2020. In a world filled with news about pandemics and racial strife, what better way to unplug than to watch the uplifting tale of two Icelandic singers who dreamed of Eurovision immortality. Will people spend a majority of their time wondering what in the hell just occurred? Yes, but they also will be laughing their butts off. None of the casting in the film makes a lick of sense, but after seeing the film, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in these roles. The idea of casting Pierce Brosnan as Will Ferrell’s father both who have in Iceland all their lives is bonkers. Casting Dan Stevens as a Russian singer who ends up being the antagonist is insanity. However, chemistry matters. No matter what preposterous sequence was crafted, this cast was all in from the moment go. What did strike me was the undercurrent of positivity the film had.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga does center around the Icelandic team of Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams). They are given the chance of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition. Can they overcome a lack of musical talent and any sense to capture the ultimate singing crown? If anything, they certainly will show that any dream no matter how farfetched is worth fighting for.
While Will Ferrell is in peak form during the film, the real stars of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Rachel McAdams and Dan Stevens. McAdams hasn’t been this funny in a film since Wedding Crashers (side note: this film is directed by David Dobkin, who also directed the film mentioned above). Pierce Brosnan is hysterical as well in the film. Sometimes the best comedy releases are that way because of the ensemble. That’s certainly the case with Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.