Most Will Ferrell movies seem to follow the same pattern of, somewhat funny is some places, not in others, not funny enough, and in the end the result is the same; another movie not good enough to showcase Ferrell’s comedic talents.
The new Netflix comedy, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” is unusual because of the many musical acts that occur during the many singing contests that all start in Iceland. This film also has some scenes of horrific death and gore after several people are blown up on a boat, something unexpected in any movie attempting to be funny. An Icelandic accent is also not funny enough to stand on its own and unfortunately a good percentage of the jokes fall flat.
This movie also stars Rachel McAdams, in her second comedy role since “Game Night” in 2018, as Ferrell’s “sister or not sister” Sigrit; another running gag in this story that does not work. Ferrell plays Lars who has spent his whole life trying and failing to get respect from his father Erick, played by Pierce Brosnan. Singer Demi Lovato has several cameo’s in this movie and unfortunately towards the end of this film, she returns in scenes reminiscent of “American Werewolf in London” – and this is an additional attempt at black comedy, that also does not work in this story.
I agree with the relatively low 58% opinion polls on Rotten Tomatoes and do not recommend this movie.