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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a 2020 American musical comedy film directed by David Dobkin and written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele. While they're clearly CGI (the water would be too shallow), humpback and orca whales are common visitors to the area, and regular whale watching trips set sail from the nearby Skjálfandi bay. © 2021 BBC. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Rated PG-13 for provocative dance routines and aroused statuary. Eurovision is self-mocking, sure, but it isn’t knowing. "She come number one in England's Got Talent four years ago, so she quite good - but everyone hates UK, so zero points.". "[51] David Sims of The Atlantic praised the film's "chipper spirit" and wrote "this is a comedy that knows how to make fun and have fun. How the pandemic has changed the world economy, The paper that helped the homeless. Fire Saga reconcile before the semifinals. From each of those heats, 10 acts stay in the competition, and the rest are unceremoniously sent home. Causing more confusion for cartographers everywhere, the film's performance segments were clearly filmed at Glasgow's Hydro Arena - which has somehow been picked up and deposited at the end of Edinburgh's George IV Bridge. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, a new Netflix movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as an Icelandic singing duo. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Will Ferrell's Eurovision movie, The Story of Fire Saga, was only released on Friday, but it's already leapt to number one on Netflix's most-watched movies chart. [14] In May 2019, Rachel McAdams joined the cast. Thinking that Fire Saga have become a laughingstock, they exit the stage. The boat suddenly explodes, killing everyone on board. Storyline When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity 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. But Eurovision points are cumulative, so you would expect to see their total rise as more votes were cast. The comedy follows the fortunes of an inept Icelandic band, Fire Saga - Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) - who get the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream when they're selected to enter the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. ; McAdams did sing in the movie, but her vocals were blended with those of another singer. The annual Eurovision Song Contest is a fever dream like no other. On stage, they share their first kiss, finally giving in to the feelings they have long had for each other. Rachel McAdams stars as an aspiring Icelandic pop singer in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, opposite Will Ferrell. Lars overhears Sigrit working on a new song in their hotel room and wrongly assumes it is a love song for Alexander. [40] In its first weekend, the film was the top-streamed item on Netflix in the United States and reached the No. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 63% based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. A low point for this film is the many idiot, middle age crisis dick jokes that appear from beginning to end. Every film needs an inciting incident that sets the … According to a 2007 study by the University of Iceland, more than 60% of the nation believes in the existence of Huldufólk, or hidden people, who occasionally lend a helping hand to humans. Running time: 2 hours. (Warning: Spoilers follow.) It features a band called Moon Fang, whose horrific masks are a call-back to 2006's Eurovision winners Lordi, while a sing-off in the middle of the film features guest appearances from real-life contestants Alexander Rybak, Conchita Wurst and Netta. To get those views in real life, the castle would have to be located at the top of Calton Hill in the city centre - which would mean he'd built his house on a world heritage site, over the top of the Nelson Monument. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. Below is a guide to the in-jokes. ", "If you're going to get someone to dress as a gorilla," he commented on Italy's 2017 performance, "at least get a decent outfit. ", Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eurovision_Song_Contest:_The_Story_of_Fire_Saga&oldid=996415144, Films postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Films shot at Warner Bros. 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Despite US publications having to explain Eurovision to confused viewers, and reviewers turning up their noses, the film has already picked up a legion of fans. The first scene instantly raises questions... Netflix. At least some of the songs are decent." Netflix has released the official trailer for the upcoming original comedy film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and it is deeply silly. Alexander, who is revealed to be gay, bemoans the fact that his country does not accept homosexuality, and considers the possibility of moving to Greece with Mita. Fire Saga returns home, where they are greeted with a hero's welcome. This has happened six times in the past, although not since 1980. Starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, the story follows two … [28] According to Netflix, Sandén's vocals were mixed with McAdams' own voice for the tracks. Just for fun, here are a few moments where the film gets it wrong... And two where it is surprisingly accurate. But there's a continuity error that's illogical at best, and careless at worst... Every time a country awards points to Iceland, their score is shown to be zero. Sweden's act, Johnny John John, has seven performers on stage when the maximum is six (gasp!). Another by-product of using Abba's victory as a framing device is that Fire Saga are in their 50s by the time they finally get to perform at Eurovision (although Sigrit appears to have aged a lot slower than Lars). The film is also full of real-life Eurovision references, to reward the eagle-eyed fan. Lars has one dream: to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Ferrell was pictured filming scenes at both the SSE Hydro, in Glasgow itself, and Glasgow Airport, in Abbotsinch, Paisley, in October 2019. [24] Knebworth House was used for the exterior shots of Alexander Lemtov's British house in the film. 63% Unlike, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which is misjudged and tedious. Related: Eurovision theory solves the movie's biggest plot hole. [50], Charlotte O'Sullivan of the Evening Standard gave the film a more positive review, praising the performances of McAdams and Stevens and writing that "Ferrell, who co-wrote the script, wisely realises that this institution is beyond parody and is simply content to pay homage. The film would be distributed by Netflix.[3]. You might also be surprised to learn that the film's sub-plot about Elves who assist Fire Saga in their journey to Eurovision has some basis in fact. On review aggregator Metacritic, viewers have rated it 7.8 out of 10, compared to 4.9 from critics. [43], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 63% based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. When Terry Wogan stood down from the commentary box in 2008, after 35 years, few expected that Graham Norton would fit so snugly into his shoes. A Netflix comedy film about the contest, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, was released in June 2020, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as a group representing Iceland at the contest. Katiana's ghost appears to Lars and warns him that his life is in danger; he ignores her. In the film-makers' defence, the voting sequence serves a dramatic purpose - ramping up the tension and raising the stakes for Fire Saga as the film enters its third act. The paper that helped the homeless. McAdams and Ferrell were spotted at the dress rehearsals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, the stage of which was later rebuilt on a soundstage in London for the in-contest scenes, while plate shots were done with the real-life live audience back in Tel Aviv. 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These days, we'd probably see Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc or Dermot O'Leary helming the show for the Beeb. [11], In May 2018, in preparation for the film, Ferrell attended the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, to research possible characters and scenarios for the film. Fire Saga, as the only surviving contestants, automatically become Iceland's entry to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. (In reality, the mansion was Knebworth House, 367 miles away in Stevenage, and the backdrops were added in post-production.). "This Julia Jay," he purrs, introducing the UK contender in broken English. You can see footage of humpbacks in Húsavík here and some amazing stills on photographer Daniel Enchev's Flickr stream. Angry, and thinking that Sigrit wrote the new song for Alexander, Lars says something dismissive about the song. "[46] Owen Gleiberman of Variety called it "a badly shot one-joke movie that sits there and goes thud. Due to technical difficulties, Fire Saga's performance is a disaster, and the talented Katiana Lindsdóttir wins the pre-selection. [27] "Volcano Man" was the first song released from the album and features vocals from Will Ferrell and Swedish singer Molly Sandén (credited as My Marianne). As Eurovision fans know, the contest actually stretches over five days, with two semi-finals preceding the grand finale. The pair apply and are randomly selected to take part in Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic pre-selection for Eurovision. Written with obvious affection by Ferrell, the film is crammed full of Easter eggs and cameos for long-time fans. Erick watches the contest proudly with Sigrit's mother, Helka. However, as Sigrit learns to her surprise, Fire Saga actually is voted through to the finals. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a love letter to the pan-European pop-music competition that, like Cannes and the Olympics, was … But as with all films "based on true events", The Story of Fire Saga takes a certain amount of dramatic licence with the facts. Sigrit, who believes in the old Icelandic tradition of elves, asks them to help them in the contest in the hope that, if they win, Lars will finally return her romantic feelings for him. [11], Production costs in Iceland were $3.6 million, out of which the Icelandic government paid close to a million dollars as a part of the country's movie production incentives. That looks like couple of old car seats sewn together.". Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk. Eurovision’s essence is truly camp in its mildness – the show is gentle, ridiculous, sincere, serious and self-aggrandising all in one go. Lars makes it to the grand finale just in time to perform, after hitchhiking with some initially unwilling American tourists, whom he subjects to comments containing negative stereotypes of Americans. In the film, Fire Saga's semi-final performance goes disastrously wrong - and they retreat to the backstage area, certain that their dreams are over, to watch the scores coming in. Unencumbered by those constraints, the film takes a few minor liberties when it recreates the contest. Alternatively, Fire Saga are competing in an alternate timeline where Scotland has devolved from the rest of the UK, and seen their Eurovision chances recover as a result. They recover and finish the song, but are met with deafening silence and scattered laughter. Fire Saga are disqualified for changing their song during the contest, but both Lars and Sigrit have lost interest in winning the competition, realizing that their relationship is more important. Is that what's known as "double Dutch"? The landscapes and photography are amazing in this film as well as its respective soundtrack, which includes the most common Swedish-pop orientated songs to ever exist, a true definition of Eurovision. In the screenshot above, you might also notice that The Netherlands appear to have entered the contest twice. Nevertheless, Will Ferrell has decided to give it a shot and the result is this pulverisingly unfunny and vacuous two-hour gauntlet run of non-entertainment.”[49] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: "The movie is not a disaster, just weirdly pointless". Will Ferrell's latest movie Eurovision Song Contest follows an Icelandic duo, Fire Saga, on their journey to compete in the storied musical competition. The soundtrack is teeming with catchy songs, like " Jaja Ding Dong " and " Lion of Love," and features an appearance from pop star Demi Lovato. Fans have been raving about Netflix's new original film, Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga. There are two ways to explain this one away: First of all, the UK could have stepped in as host if the real winners (The Netherlands) had declined to stage the competition. Instead, they're kept secret until the entire contest has ended, to ensure there are no clear favourites going into the final. When they are told, they both are deeply shocked. The result is extremely silly and ridiculously rousing. [12] On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Ferrell would star, co-write and produce a film inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest. Every film needs an inciting incident that sets the plot wheels turning - and Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga doesn't waste any time in that respect. "[52] Kevin Maher of The Times concluded that "This might just be the most idiotic movie of the year so far. [29] The soundtrack has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Running time: 2 hours. For reference, the last time the UK hosted Eurovision in (unravels scroll of parchment) 1998, the presenters were Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. In an early scene, Lars and Sigrit are standing on the docks of their hometown of Húsavík in North Iceland, when two humpback whales breach the surface of the Greenland Sea and soar into the air. The site's critics consensus reads: "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga contains inspired ingredients and laugh-out-loud moments but they're outnumbered by the flat stretches in this overlong comedy." .css-1ty7601-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-align-items:center;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;-webkit-box-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;width:100%;font-size:1rem;line-height:1.375rem;}.css-ftbx47-Heading{width:100%;}Vaccinated people may spread Covid, warns Van-Tam.css-2nuv1h-Rank{font-size:1.5rem;line-height:1.75rem;font-weight:normal;padding-left:0.75rem;color:#B80000;}@media (min-width:37.5rem){.css-2nuv1h-Rank{font-size:2rem;line-height:2.25rem;}}1, Eleven pulled out alive in China mine rescue3, A man who invited the world over for dinner4, NZ reports first community Covid case in months5, In pictures: Defiant Russians rally for opposition7, Star Wars supports host Arielle after racist abuse8, PM talks to Biden in first call since inauguration9, The homeless addict who became a professor10. "[48] Robbie Collin of The Telegraph wrote: "Sending up the Eurovision Song Contest is like flattening Salisbury Plain: one quick look at the thing should be enough to reassure you that the job took care of itself long ago. 1 ranking position in multiple other regions as well. Check out Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Music from the Netflix Film) by Various artists on Amazon Music. A 50-ish-country competition to create the best tune, in past years it has featured scary horror masks, a … The opening scene finds Lars and Sigrit as children, watching Abba performing Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. An official trailer for the film was released in June, revealing Sigrid and Lars as the unpopular Icelandic duo Fire Saga who have dreamed of winning the Eurovision … Plot Summary | Add Synopsis He invites them to a party at his house, attended by a number of real former Eurovision contestants, where he introduces Lars and Sigrit to the Greek contestant Mita Xenakis. Or maybe you'd just prefer to watch Ja Ja Ding Dong for the 90th time. Today. However, both are unaware that Iceland is in the finals. In March 2019, David Dobkin signed on to direct the film. https://screenrant.com/eurovision-movie-song-along-cameos-singers-artists Video. [30], The Story of Fire Saga was digitally released by Netflix on June 26, 2020. He even swears, which would get him into all sorts of trouble with Ofcom. That thing about instinctively knowing a great work when you … Fire Saga meet their competition for the first time at a party hosted by Russian entrant Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens, chewing up the scenery like a particularly hungry sex kitten). ). VideoThe paper that helped the homeless, The homeless addict who became a professor, How India calculates value of women's housework, The deadly ingredient smuggled onto US menus, Viewpoint: Africa no longer needs lectures from the US, Tunisians question whether life is better after Arab Spring. Chris Hewitt of Empire magazine wrote: "The votes are in and it's official: this largely unfunny paean to Eurovision is a waste of some serious talent. [12][13] He also spoke backstage with Eurovision contestants. Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in Netflix's 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' Netflix. Sweetly goofy and joyous, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” could be considered a comeback film for Will Ferrell, even if his co-star steals it from him.Once one of the comedy genre’s biggest stars, Ferrell hasn’t had a hit in a years —his recent comedy “Holmes & Watson” nearly killed the critic we assigned to cover for this site (on Christmas Day! Lars is stunned; nevertheless, he returns to Iceland. This creates tensions within Fire Saga, and almost derails their plans for the semifinal. In pictures: Defiant Russians rally for opposition, The man who invited the world over for dinner. Efforts to free the miners, who were stuck underground for 14 days, took a dramatic turn on Sunday. Lars's piano is actually wired up and plugged in, so he can play live - which is actually forbidden (double gasp!). What's more, the scoreboard shows Germany, Spain and the UK taking part in the semi-final when, in reality, all three qualify automatically for the finale as part of the "big five" financial contributors. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". "[44] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Watching at home, their friends and families are all touched, discovering that the song is not only an ode to their town, featuring lyrics in Icelandic and a stunning finale, but a beautiful song that grips the entire auditorium. So it seems unlikely that the BBC would choose the heavily-accented "Corin Ladvitch" and "Sasha More" to helm the show if it took place in Scotland. "[47] The Story of Fire Saga was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Eurovision has a lot of archaic rules, mostly designed to keep an incredibly complex live TV show from going off the rails. But joyously so." Bradshaw also criticizes the script saying it "pulls its punches" and the plot is borrowed from The Producers. Sweden happened to win that year with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven", which Ferrell mentions as a reason he became smitten with the competition. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The actors put on an Icelandic accent for the film. An honourable mention also goes to Emil Ramsauer, who played double bass for the Swiss entry, Takasa, in 2013 at the age of 95. [22] They trained with dialect coaches and McAdams studied videos of Icelandic singer Björk. Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens Watch all you want. ; The film was originally intended to coincide with the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Films often take liberties with the layout of a city, but Fire Saga really takes the biscuit (or in this case the Highland Shortbread). Sigrit pleads with him to stay, put on a brave face, and not let Iceland down, even though she, too, believes they lost. The site's critics consensus reads: "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga contains inspired ingredients and laugh-out-loud moments but they're outnumbered by the flat stretches in this overlong comedy. Video, Vaccinated people may spread Covid, warns Van-Tam, A man who invited the world over for dinner, NZ reports first community Covid case in months, Star Wars supports host Arielle after racist abuse, PM talks to Biden in first call since inauguration, Will Ferrell is a Eurovision flop ★★☆☆☆. Per Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga's music producer Savan Kotecha, Stevens wasn't the only member of the film's cast who didn't do all of their own singing. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga contains inspired ingredients and laugh-out-loud moments, but they're outnumbered by the flat stretches in this overlong comedy. But you also want more for the handful of actual Eurovision contestants who pop up briefly in singing cameos, reduced to musical mise-en-scène … Hannes Óli Ágústsson as Olaf Yohansson, a resident of Húsavík, who is obsessed with a local folk song called "Jaja Ding Dong". It is an unknown fact that actor Will Ferrell who stars in this film is married to a Swedish national. Eurovision: How Ariana Grande's songwriter got involved in Will Ferrell's new movie, Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? On his way to Reykjavík, Victor Karlosson (governor of the Central Bank of Iceland, and one of the Icelandic organisational team members) attempts to murder Lars and reveals he blew up the boat at Söngvakeppnin, as Iceland is bankrupt and cannot afford to host Eurovision the following year if Fire Saga wins. The band offers to play their Eurovision song, but everyone just wants to hear the local favorite folk song, "JaJa Ding Dong". You can read more about the phenomenon on the BBC Travel website. Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. In the small town of Húsavík, Iceland, Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir, best friends since childhood, make music together as the band Fire Saga, much to the dismay of Lars' widowed father, Erick. Lars, dejected, declines to attend the boat party thrown for all the finalists and sits disappointed on the dock as Sigrit tries to comfort him. [41][42] In its second weekend it fell to number eight on the site. The actor's interest in the Eurovision song contest was conceived when he visited his wife’s relatives in Sweden and they turned the television on to watch the song contest. Eurovision fans will notice Sandén's name as she came third when she represented Sweden at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. That's perfectly feasible, though: Eurovision's oldest-ever singer was Natalya Pugacheva from Russia's Buravno Grannies, who was 77 when she took part in 2012. For a start, Dan Stevens' character owns a lavish Scottish mansion that offers sweeping, panoramic views of Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle. Once there, they struggle with a new remix of their song and Lars' desire for an elaborate stage design. But no matter how dire a performance gets, Norton never talks over it, allowing viewers to absorb every excruciating moment. 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