Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens
Written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele, Directed by David Dobkin. Run Time 2h 3min
Going into a Will Ferrell movie you pretty much know what you are going to get. Sure he will throw you a curve ball every once in a while, but in my eyes, he is a funnier Adam Sandler. I use that comparison, because the two have a lot in common. One they both came from SNL, Two they have a group that they tend to bring together for their movies and finally they both started in comedy and have each tried the drama route a few times. Now if you are team Sandler or team Ferrell that is up to you, for me it’s a no brainer as Ferrell has made far less bad movies. Don’t get me wrong Ferrell as made his share of clunkers, it is just when he hits, he hits it out the park.
With his latest we take a trip to Iceland, a beautiful place that is just way to cold for me. For Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) the cold is not a problem, because with his lifetime friend Sirgrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams ) they bring the fire whenever they perform as Fire Saga. If you are asking yourself what a Fire Saga is, well it’s a musical duo that has big dreams that never comes true because things always seem to go wrong for them. That changes for them after an exploding circumstance puts them as this year’s entry from Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest. A contest that pits groups from European countries against one another for one to claim victory over the rest. Off to Scotland they go where soon meet their competition, which includes the favorite, a singer from Russia names Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens) who is way too sexy and sure of himself. Lars and Sigrit are not afraid as they think they have what it takes to win so that Lars can impress his father Erik (Pierce Brosnan) and they can win the respect of their town and country for the artists they are.
You know that I am on team Ferrell from my above paragraph, but the question becomes would I consider this good or bad Ferrell. I am going to say for the most part this is good Ferrell, which I think McAdams is to thank for a lot of that, because she really is the perfect counter to him. The music is pretty great, as well as the gags. Where the movie suffers is in its runtime, there is a good twenty minutes that could have been cut and it would have made the film stronger. Some might argue more Ferrell is a good thing, but for me it is easy to see what you didn’t need to say. And it’s when Farrell overstays his welcome that when things start to go a bit off the rails. Written by Farrell and Andrew Steele, a lot of the bits work, but also like most Ferrell films there are the jokes that miss, but you always forgive those when they are outnumbered by the funny. Ultimately I enjoyed this, despite it being longer than it needed to be and really with the world the way it is, we all could use a little Fire Saga in our life right now.
Eurovision Song Contest : The Story of Fire Saga is streaming on Netflix