Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has grown into a global event. Primarily judging the best songs from a plethora of European acts, it has seen a colourful array of performers. ABBA, Bucks Fizz and others have used it as a platform for further chart success. ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ is a satirical look at the camp, glitter and determination of those wanting to win. It’s as outrageous as the event itself with its trashy antics mirroring its namesake.

Lars (Will Ferrell) and his best friend Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are an Icelandic music duo entering the Eurovision Song Contest. Against the wishes of his disapproving father Erick (Pierce Brosnan), Lars seeks fame and glory. With Sigrit’s equally determined spirit pushing him on, the duo’s path to a golden future is littered with potholes as they chase their lifelong dreams.

‘Eurovision’ is a fun if overlong slice of nonsense. Lars and Sigrit’s earnest self-belief in their minor talents provides most of the comedy. Ferrell is an old hand at doing this type of thing with his ‘loveable loser’ persona given another airing. McAdams is equally good as is Brosnan and Dan Stevens as a flamboyant Russian singer.

Whilst the pacing saps its overall impact, ‘Eurovision’ perfectly captures every facet of the song contest. Trash, treasure and unadulterated decadence is all on display with glee. Eurovision fanatics will have a field day spotting the many references. The songs and musical set pieces are catchy with the cast bringing dynamic energy to the predictable script, making the reheated plot seem fresh.

If you’re in the mood for a ‘no-brain watching’ flick, then ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ is for you. It shouldn’t be taken seriously for a minute and offers mostly consistent laughs. The real event is just as dazzling and offers a great escape from the often trouble world outside the TV screens.

Rating out of 10: 7


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