“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” blows away expectations


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The movie poster for “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”.

Released June 26, 2020 on Netflix in the midst of the pandemic, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” became a viral sensation. From the catchy music, nostalgic beats and star studded cast, it checked all of my boxes. 

The entire movie is based around a pipe dream of Lars Ericksong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. This song contest is held every year, except for this year because of COVID-19, and it is the most famous singing contest in all of Europe and even the world. Groups or solo artists are invited to participate from every European country and even some outside of Europe such as Australia. Famous artists that got their start after a win on Eurovision are ABBA, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John and Netta Barzilai who won with her song “Toy,” which is now a viral hit on TikTok. 

Going back to the movie, Lars and Sigrit are inspired by ABBA to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that they live in a small town in Iceland, they dedicate their entire lives to this goal. Lars is the laughingstock of the town, but because of a few freak accidents he and Sigrid gain a bid to the contest. 

Besides the wonderful acting, the movie stayed true to Eurovision and produced amazing music inspired by winners from past Eurovisions. While Lars and Sigrit’s songs are ABBA inspired, Katiana (Demi Lovato) sings pop music, Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens) sings opera inspired music and there is also some rap. Despite the many different genres of music it is amazing to hear how it all works together. 

Although I don’t want to give away any more spoilers, this movie is filled with a bunch of awesome randomness, and you can barely guess what happens next as it is jam packed with action. The irony about this movie is that the Eurovision team representing Iceland has a viral song called “Think About Things,” and are expected to be one of the frontrunners in the competition. The rest of the cast includes Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Pierce Brosnan and other recognizable actors. Together the cast has amazing comedic timing, which dare I say, might make you pee from laughing so hard.

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