Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Review: Except for Will Ferrell’s performance, there’s nothing to relish here

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Review: Except for Will Ferrell’s performance, there’s nothing to relish here
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Format: Film
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: 13+
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance 
Language: English
Digital Premiere Date: 26 June 2020

 

What’s it all about?
Right from his childhood, Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) has been indulged in the long dream of winning the Eurovision Song Contest and his childhood best friend Sirgit Erickssdottir (Rachael McAdams) has been strong support in nurturing his music band ‘Fire Saga’. Despite facing the resentment from his widowed father (Pierce Brosnan) and being ridiculed by people in his neighbourhood of Iceland, nothing hampered the vision of Lars to make through the contest. A mishap involving a tragic explosion in a boat party makes the ‘Fire Saga’ brand make a direct entry into Iceland’s regional finals. While the duo is vigorously showcasing their potentials to clasp the stature of title winners, Lars and Sirgit do discover the soft corner they have for each other.

Analysis
As you’re halfway through the flick, you’ll be strongly reminded that ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ is no different from the routine Rom-Coms. We have come across many such instances, where the childhood friends embark on their journey towards fulfilling their dreams and become spouses forever. This film travels the same route, but ‘Music’ gets to add some emblazonments to this drama. In an honest essence, the first hour of the film has good engaging play. From the beautiful scenic visuals, we see in Iceland to the humour and music that follows later, we find it engrossing. But what should have been a 90-minute Rom-Com gets extended into 120 minutes becomes a constraint. The writers should have kept it crispier avoiding the onionskin episodes during the latter part of the film. Although we find the first hour to be laced with stereotypical moments, they actually don’t bore you extremely, but the lack of substantiality by mid of Act 2 towards climax tests our patience slightly.

Performance
Thanks to the performance of Will Ferrell! Well known for his stellar performances in Anchorman, Blades of Glory and few more films, he keeps the show proceeding with liveliness. Much like Adam Sandler, he easily steals your attention with his screen presence and the magical spell works out herein ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ as well. Be his style of rendering dialogues or the mannerisms he adopts for the role of music artist blending humour to it, he’s best. Sirgit delivers a prompt show as demanded by the character written and her performance is completely flawless. Pierce Brosnan as a not-so-happy dad is good. The guest appearance of a few more popular artists shows up as a surprise for audiences.

Technical aspects
As the so-called genre labels itself ‘Musical Rom-Com’, we find the prominence of songs hugely in many places. They’re enjoyable and engrossing. But the prominence of music gradually turns into a thin vapour after an hour of film’s commencement. The writers eventually tend to focus more on the Rom-Com portions rather than music, which would have been corrected. The exquisite never-seen-before locales of Iceland presented with enriched visuals are appreciable. With the length turning out to be an issue, the editing could have better.

Highlights

The visuals of Iceland we see during initial moments Music

Drawbacks

  1. Run-off-the-mill story
  2. Running length

Did I enjoy watching it?
Maybe, the first hour was good

Would I recommend it?
If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell

 

 

Synopsis : Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where high stakes, scheming rivals and onstage mishaps test their bond.
Cast : Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Melissanthi Mahut, Mikael Persbrandt, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Graham Norton, Demi Lovato, Pierce Brosnan
Directors : David Dobkin
Producer/s : Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Chris Henchy
Cinematographer (DoP) : Danny Cohen
Production House : Gary Sanchez Productions
Music : Atli Örvarsson

Movie Duration (minutes) : 123
Digital Premiere Date : June 26, 2020

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