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 “Husavik (My Hometown)”, the ballad that provides the dramatic climax of the film. Behind the scenes, the song is performed by Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Molly Sandén. Did this song make us want to head home? Read on to find out!
Fire Saga (Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Molly Sandén) – “Husavik (My Hometown)”
Esma: For me, this was the moment where everything came together — goosebumps appeared on my arms and tears rolled down my cheeks. Molly’s voice is very clear and ‘’Husavik’’ simply hits you to the bone. We all want to hear “Jaja Ding Dong” but we shouldn’t sleep on “Husavik”.
Pablo: I got vibes of some sort of “Is it True?” meets “Let it Go” on steroids. Heartfelt and earnest, but the lyrics tilt between cliché and absolutely goofy. Is it an “OMG Eurovision winner!” moment? No, but a lot of movies would do anything to have a big climax song just like this one, and I can appreciate the amazing arrangement that would lead to a great serious entry if rewritten. (in full Icelandic?)
Robyn: How does a goofy comedy end up delivering such a perfect song? As others have said, something like this could easily do well as real Eurovision itself, but it perfectly fits in the Eurovision film, providing a hard-hitting emotional climax and taking the story to a satisfying ending. My only request: can we get a version with Molly Sandén singing on her own?
Suzanne: Husavik immediately captivated me. This beautiful, powerful ballad spoke directly to my heart as a reminder that we can always be at home and with those with whom we are soulfully connected – within our own hearts. The movie sets a scene in which Sigrit has written a song for Lars, but hasn’t completed or shared it due to following his dreams, illustrating her unconditional love for him and how she puts him before herself. The song goes on to further tell their story. Husavik IS the Story of Fire Saga. All Sigrit ever needed was Lars and the beauty of Husavik – the mountains, seagulls, whales, Northern Lights, and colourful magic nights. The Icelandic chorus made the song all the more beautiful. This is one love song that I cannot stop listening to.
William: “Husavik” doesn’t just set a story to music — it uses music to resolve several different stories. Coming at the climax of the movie, it sees Rachel McAdams’ character paying tribute to her hometown. But in doing so she honours herself and her own path, and lets Will Ferrell’s character know she wants it to include him. In the grand tradition of “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, its lyrics are simple yet rich. You remember and feel them long after the music fades.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 11 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
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 6.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.73/10
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