Plenty of us are excited about it, many others say they dread it, but one thing is certain — curiosity is high for the Netflix movie, EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga. And now we have a trailer ahead of the movie’s June 26th streaming releasee. It looks fabulous!
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga
For months producers have teased us with this deliberately generic synopsis, which suggests a story about chasing one’s dream and overcoming obstacles.
“When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime 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.”
While the description of the movie sounds rather straightforward, the trailer absolutely isn’t. From onstage malfunctions to father-son drama to backstage catfights, the movie feels like a goofy roller coaster packed with thrills, spills and a whole lot of crazy. The trailer even briefly features the flag of the defunct South American nation of Netherlands Antilles, which we saw in a different setting two weeks ago. Is this a hidden joke or a mere screw-up?
A promo picture for the film is also circulating online, with the caption “nobody wins solo”. That’s an interesting choice considering that every winner from Eurovision 2012 onwards has done exactly that.
And speaking of doing it solo: many fans have noted that Demi Lovato does not appear in the trailer. This could imply that she has a brief cameo in the film. Or perhaps producers are saving their best material — and performances — for later!
Watching the trailer, it’s clear that this is an underdog story. The Fire Saga duo don’t have much support at home — “all of Iceland thinks we’re a joke,” Lars says. When a group of what appears to be producers and officials at the Icelandic broadcaster learn that Fire Saga will go to Eurovision, they do not look enthused.
This distaste for the duo extends to Lars’ own family. It’s clear that his journey to Eurovision is a chance for him to prove to his father that he isn’t a failure. He also wants to impress the masses with his, um, mass. At one point we see him stuffing his trousers backstage. “I just want my ding dong to look bigger than what is really there,” he tells his singing partner.
Graham Norton makes an extended appearance, delivering lines from a surprisingly large booth (curiously, he’s wearing both a headset and speaking into a microphone at the same time). There’s also a lot of Dan Stevens — who portrays a Russian singer called Alexander Lemtov. He repeatedly mocks Iceland’s efforts and gives off an air of extreme arrogance.
As teased on the Graham Norton Show last month, Lars is lowered from the ceiling in a Maria Yaremchuk-inspired hamster wheel. The stage pictured at the top of this post strongly resembles the Dare To Dream stage from Tel Aviv.
Reaction to the Netflix Eurovision trailer
the netflix eurovision movie is literally the biggest amount of clownery ive ever seen be put into 3 minutes
— Luuk (@escluuk) June 11, 2020
In recent months, fans have been very vocal about their worries the film will mock Eurovision and present it in a negative light. Now that Netflix has released the trailer, it does seem to have elements of a parody — albeit one with a kind heart.
The response from Eurofans still seems lukewarm. Twitter user @escluuk called it “the biggest amount of clownery put into three minutes”, which is significant considering we’ve all seen Georgia’s ESC 2012 entry. But plenty of others have said the film is starting to grow on them.
What do you think of the trailer? Will you be streaming it as soon ass you can on June 26? Tell us what you think in the comments!