Netflix's new comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is the latest in a string of disappointments for gifted comedian Will Ferrell.
Ferrell co-wrote the script and stars as Lars, an Icelandic musician performing in a duo with his childhood friend Sigrit (Rachel McAdams). Lars's dream is to win the Eurovision Song Contest, but no one seems to care much about his music, and his father (Pierce Brosnan) openly disdains it. Through a series of outlandish events, Lars and Sigrit are chosen to represent Iceland at the competition.
After an amusing first act, the film's main problem is that it's just not that funny. It rambles for 123 minutes, which feels like 20-30 minutes too long, especially since there is very little in the way of a plot. While some of the musical numbers are obviously necessary, a few could have been cut (most glaringly, a long medley sung by the cast at a party).
At times, it
seems like the movie is not even trying to be funny. Even its best gags elicit
more chuckles than laughs. The film's best asset is McAdams, who lends Sigrit a
sincerity that's very appealing.
** Stars (Out of Four)