“When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity 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.“-IMDB
Confession: I was excited to see Eurovision from the moment I heard about it. Let me clarify…
I freaking love Eurovision and I’m always bummed that it’s not easier to see here in the US. It’s so niche, so wonderful, and so unpretentious. It’s truly just a spark of joy in the world with surprisingly great pop music.
I have a feeling that many of you are hesitant to see this, in fear that a Will Ferrell film might be too silly or ridiculous, but MY GOD! How wonderful does that sound in this stinking, festering, god-awful, no good, very bad year?! It is silly and it is ridiculous, but it’s also a surprisingly respectful homage to Eurovision. The songs are fun, upbeat, catchy, and I immediately downloaded the soundtrack after the first one.
I’m not going to say it’s the greatest movie ever or anywhere near it, but it’s a fun way to take two hours away from your troubles and the troubles of the world and do two of the things that make everyone happy: laughing and dancing.
Will Ferrell is his usually hilarious, ridiculous self, while Rachel McAdams revisits her comedy roots (see Mean Girls) which is fun to watch and you can tell she’s having a good time doing it. I was so happy to see Dan Stevens pop up in this as well and if you’re not familiar with his work, I’m going to need you to go down a YouTube rabbit hole right now and watch the following: his unaltered singing voice for Beauty and the Beast, his interview on Good Morning Britain about The Guest, and his parts in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb).
Added Bonus: In a year where there will be no Eurovision, this is a
Rating: 7 out of 10 Claire Bears
Streaming: Available on Netflix
If you like this film, you should also see: I mean, come on…it’s a Will Ferrell movie that’s supposed to appear based on a “true” story…you have quite a few others to choose from.
With: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato, and so many wonderful guest appearances appearances from former Eurovision winners/contestants.
Directed By: David Dobkin