Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is flawed, but enjoyable

I remember, when I first subscribed to Netflix a little over 2 years ago, I was subscribing to a service that had the best TV shows and movies that entertainment had to offer including their own noteworthy shows and movies, adding to the already established greats.

I think that thrill lasted for a month or so before all the great stuff moved over to other services and the Netflix original content became mostly bare-boned time wasters.  To be fair, Netflix occasionally gives us a solid hit like Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Blood, but such hits have been few and far between. Now onto Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and which is pretty much a good reminder of why I don’t cover Netflix films very often. You may be wondering why I am even bothering to cover this particular film at all, well it’s because I really needed something light at the moment.

I have been avoiding saying this for awhile, but I don’t think it’s an unpopular opinion to say 2020 has proven to be a pretty terrible year thus far. This is mainly due to the horrible news going on in the world which is now affecting my own life, something I have been unfamiliar with until now. The world is always changing, faster than I would have liked and it’s becoming very clear that the future isn’t looking any better.

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So I kind of needed a movie like Eurovision that is very light and sort of goofy to clear my head and remind me of what average romantic comedies with some catchy modern tunes are like. Also I have been playing a lot of the Last of Us Part II recently and that’s a pretty heavy game so this was a good breather between playing sessions.

I don’t think there is anything particularly noteworthy about this movie. The opening music video was pretty funny and Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are a good duo but the gags are nothing more than serviceable. When I saw this pop-up on Netflix I figured it was some sort of satire on music contests and this music duo is the butt of the jokes. Nah, it’s just oh look that American has a funny accent, those two singers are such clowns on stage and wow that guy has a really big bulge, doesn’t he?

Also I’m not a big fan of the singing. I could take a pretty good guess of who’s not actually singing, but all this very modernist auto tuned fake singing isn’t for me and there were too many such sequences for my liking. That’s actually my biggest criticism with the movie, that it’s too long because there’s alot of boring fluff that makes watching silly Will Ferrell and underutilised Rachel McAdams a bit of a chore to sit through.

As I was saying earlier I ended up enjoying Eurovision more than I normally may have because it caught me at a time when I really needed a break. I imagine some of you think I only like movies that are true masterpieces and I shit on everything below that. Well, it always depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I need something pretty average to let my brain relax and not be challenged by what I’m watching. But at the end of the day if you enjoyed yourself while watching the movie then it must be worthy enough to call it a good film.

I’m not sure if I would ever watch Eurovison again, but you never know. 6 to 7 out of 10. That was a Blog Complainer ramble. Hope you enjoyed, stay safe and I’m signing out.

 

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