Probably the greatest benefit of Netflix being an entity that snatches up all properties it can get, while creating its own IPs, is that there’s something for everyone. You might come across 3 bad things in a row, only to then get swept up in two week’s worth of brilliant content. As for as law of averages goes, they’re usually batting above averages. Yes, the mixed metaphor was on purpose. Which brings us to the trailer for the movie with way too long of a name, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. A film that looks to cater to Will Ferrell completionists and Will Ferrell completionists only. Hit play already.
Here’s the official synopsis, which sums up the above and will give you two and a half minutes of your life back:
“When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.”
There’s the chance the dig above, at Will Ferrell, may not have been fair. The man is talented and clearly has a legion of fans. It’s just that, much like Adam Sandler there’s times he chooses the lowest hanging fruit to make some money. Eurovision Song Contest (has to be shortened) feels like that. The jokes and story feels as if it were plucked from 2007. Which makes sense given that director Davis Dobkin’s Wedding Crashers was an ’05 flick. This isn’t to say the trailer is bad, just a little flat. Rachel McAdams seems game to be goofy and that might be the entry point to make this worthwhile. Oh and Dan Stevens. Just more Dan Stevens in films, in general. That could save 2020.
Where do you all fall in the Will Ferrell divide? Do you see everything he’s in or just pick and choose at this point? Does Eurovision Song Contest look good? Is 123 minutes for a runtime a bit excessive? Share your thoughts in the comments. It feels weird to pair a movie with other films before it comes out, yet that might be a good move here. Theaters are still closed and marathons have a way of soothing the south. So if you’re game, plan on firing up Pitch Perfect and Heavy Trip on June 26, when Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga floats onto Netflix. What do you have to lose?