Review: EuroVision Song Contest

Review: EuroVision Song Contest

Will Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and an annual European song contest set the stage for the Netflix movie EuroVision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. What could go wrong? Well basically everything as childhood singing partners Lars (Farrell) and Sigrit (McAdams) fight with skill (and a little bit of luck from elves?) to achieve their dream of representing their home country of Iceland in the EuroVision Song Contest challenge.

Now I will admit that COVID-19, the shutdown in the entertainment industry, and our involvement in the industry played a large part in my choosing to view the movie this past weekend. If you can’t go to a concert, you might as well watch a fake musical contest on TV.

I was not super impressed by the trailer but decided to give it a shot. Farrell induces high standards given his classic performances in Old School, The Wedding Crashers, Anchorman, and Step Brothers which get harder and harder to live up to. While Forbes was more impressed than I was, Farrell tries here in EuroVision. I found most of the comedy forced. You know, the type of jokes where it is like “well it’s Will Farrell so I guess that was funny.” Some of the best Farrell comedy sequences to me occurred in three scenes that have him interacting with and harassing American tourists.

The singing of not only Farrell and McAdams but all the other actors was passable, likely improved by the technical skills that come with a big movie. Or perhaps having Demi Lovato around helped. There is also one of those inexplicable scenes where everyone at a party can join in a sing-along while also bouncing from room to room to outside in ways that are not worth questioning. You just have to go along with it and enjoy the fun.

As far of the script, EuroVision is what it is. Filled with many of the standard storylines: hidden love between friends, disapproving dad, failure after failure, underdog comeback, betrayal and redemption.

Just like the singing and comedy, just enjoy the distraction. While I can think of tens of better Farrell movies and hundreds of better overall movies, EuroVision can scratch a Sunday concert itch when the only other current COVID-19 options are livestreaming and drive-in shows.