Since I have been watching and looking forward to it for the past 5 years, I pretty have much of an idea about a European subculture known as the Eurovision Song Contest. I can say that I am one of the very few Far East Asians who is aware about Eurovision. In fact, I have written a couple of blog posts about it. (Click here post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4 to prove it).
Because of this pretty adequate idea about this spectacular European annual event/contest, I indeed enjoyed and had a good laughter while watching the Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
I thought at first that it was some sort of a documentary of how a band and a song was developed that eventually garnered the highest point in the contest sometime in the 1970’s. But after seeing that it stars Will Ferrell, it made me realize that it would be something funny and comical.
And I was right when I was already laughing at the side-splitting scenes of the film. It was a riot! I was so thankful that I have a pretty good idea about Eurovision that is why I appreciate and enjoyed the movie so much. My enjoyment and amazement were amplified when I saw some of the previous contestants and winners rendering some precious song numbers in the movie. Even the campy queer vloggers who would discuss about the contest every year in their vlog were in the movie.
And since the movie is about the fortunes of an inept Icelandic band, Fire Saga who got the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream when they were selected to enter the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the songs sang in the movie were indeed Eurovision-worthy. These songs were so like the Eurovision entries in the past: big, provocative, motivational, emotive yet very eccentric.
I particularly loved the song Husavik. If this song is an entry in the actual contest, it would indeed garner decent number of votes from the judges and the public. Lion of Love is so funny yet so Eurovision! Volcano Man is one fitting example of an eccentric Eurovision representation. Since the movie is delightfully funny, I am particularly in love with the song Ja Ja Ding Dong! In fact, the scene where the way it was requested to be sang in the movie was so hilarious!
The movie was a fantastic funny parody about Eurovision and I indeed was laughing! I love it!