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REVIEW: Will Ferrell’s Eurovision love letter hits many high notes

In Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, big screen comedy veteran Will Ferrell stars as Lars Erickssong – a wide eyed Icelandic “manchild” who has harboured a dream to represent his country in the Eurovision Song Contest since witnessing ABBA’s comp-winning turn in the ’70s.

To that end, Lars teams up with childhood friend and equally wide-eyed Sigrit Ericksdottirto to form Fire Saga – much to the chagrin of Lars’ dad Erik (Pierce Brosnan) and the amusement of their sleepy Icelandic fishing village.

After a few kooky twists of fate, Fire Saga find themselves competing in the iconic competition but do they have what it takes to bring glory to Iceland?

Should I Watch It?

If you are a fan of the iconic European song contest, then this flick will be right up tour alley. The songs and costumes are so on point you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching the actual competition at times.

Director David Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers, The Change Up) has managed to capture all of the high camp pomp and circumstance of Eurovision while the script, written by Ferrell exudes an unabashed love for the iconic competition.

Never mean-spirited, this film, made with the cooperation of Eurovision is full of heart and feel-good earnestness that even extends to its “antagonist” Russian singer and hot favourite Alexander Lemtov.

Eurovision fans are sure to gush at the joyous Song-A-Long scene that sees Lars and Sigrit belt out a medley with a slew of previous Eurovision winners and fan favourites.

Clocking in at just over two hours, the story does tend to lose a little steam although this is a minor shortcoming more than overcome by the effortless chemistry between Ferrell and McAdams.

While this outing doesn’t live up to the Will Ferrell buddy comedy heights of say Talladega Nights or Step Brothers there is still plenty to enjoy here, making this an ideal feel-good distraction.

Think Blades of Glory meets Pitch Perfect.

3 1/2 stars

Release: Out now on Netflix
Running time: 123 minutes
Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachael McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato

Written by Stephen Bisset