The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the songs from the soundtrack of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Next up, we listen to Fire Saga’s “Volcano Man”, with Molly Sandén joining the film’s stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams on vocals.

The jury originally reviewed “Volcano Man” when it was first released, but the film gives the song a new context and it seemed appropriate to revisit it. Did “Volcano Man” get our melting heart? Read on to find out!

Fire Saga (Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Molly Sandén) – “Volcano Man”

“Volcano Man” reviews

Antranig: I enjoyed this song a lot more after getting to know the characters because it fits them so perfectly. It’s very cooky and such a quintessential Eurovision fodder song which would be a borderline qualifier. You could say that it is utter garbage in many ways but that’s exactly why it shines. It sets the tone of the movie superbly and is an enjoyable piece of fast-food pop.

Score: 7/10

Julia: I wish, I wish, I wish a full version of this song was made available. In its short 1:20 song length, it takes me to so many places, particularly in Iceland. Ballad, key change, synths and epic duet – this one gets my top points!

Score: 10/10

Renske: Upon reviewing the song for the second time, I have to say that it has grown on me massively since the first time I listened to it. It is mostly due to the fact I know Fire Saga better now and have seen their love for Eurovision. The track is a bit too short to be able to fully embrace it and is perhaps not the best song of the duo, but I have grown fond it.

Score: 7/10

Sebastian: What begins with a gripping breathy intro turns into some amazing chorus combination of Swedish schlager and those Sammarinese disco tones we’ve become all too familiar with. “Volcano Man” is pure cheese, but is a great introduction to set the tone of the almost 2-hour long film.

Score: 7/10

Tom: “Volcano Man” sounds like something that would have been rejected from any Scandinavian national final. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, far from it, it sets the film up perfectly and I would love to see a stage version of the song. One thing I will say, though, is that it is too short. At just under half a minute, there is no reason why they couldn’t release a full version of the song for the album.

Score: 7/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 11 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Deban: 5.5/10

Esma: 7/10

Pablo: 9/10

Robyn: 7/10

Suzanne: 8/10

William: 7/10

We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.33/10

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

Read more Eurovision movie Wiwi Jury reviews here

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Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

I love the subtle absurdity in this song. It rings so true about those cliche entries we are all very aware of in Eurovision and it just tweaks them a little to crank up the comedic value. I love the idea of a “volcanic protector man”, a “timeless hero who needs love too”. I mean, the metaphor is almost right but just so delightfully off, it’s another example of how there is a lot of subtlety on display in this movie.

7.5/10

Da Euro Neuro Lord and Master
Da Euro Neuro Lord and Master
2 months ago

Surely it should have been a low of 5.5 removed?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

I like it a lot! Very good acting for Rachel and Will to manage to keep their composure, fully knowing the comedic value of the song/video. I wonder how many takes did they need. And how did the writers come up with “Lars” and “Sigrit” (which I always hear as “secret” LOL). And I love their signature both arms-in-the-air-at-the-end-of-the-performance thing.
The scenery in Iceland is breathtaking.
Full version of the song please! 10/10

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Funny you should say that about the name “Sigrit”. I found that many names in the movie do not correspond to traditional Icelandic first names and I know that Iceland is very strict with those first names. Such as there is no “Erick” because there is no letter “c” in Icelandic. And no “Katiana” from what I remember. “Helka” instead of “Hekla” or the other way around. And I though that “Sigrid” is more of an Icelandic or Nordic name, not “Sigrit”. And lol about Lars’ patronymic name as Lars Erickssong – with “song” instead of “son”. LOL. To add:… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Una
Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

That’s so cool, I had no idea.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

And I think I said this before when Volcano Man trailer first came up – I found the key-board playing with the two standing in front of the other and the camera making rounds a bit of a nod to iconic duos in the contest like Paula and Ovi and Ilse and Waylon.