Though not as popular in the U.S., the “Eurovision Song Contest” is one of the biggest TV events in Europe, which made the cancelation of this year’s competition a very sad and disappointing affair. Thankfully, Netflix has released the first teaser and song from Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams‘ newest comedy, aptly titled “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” and it is as over the top and catchy as you’d expect from a “Eurovision” song.
For the uninitiated, the “Eurovision Song Contest” is one of the most wonderfully weird shows on Earth. A song competition like no other, it combines great pop bangers with increasingly eccentric and over the top performances. Big artists like ABBA and Celine Dion have participated and even won, but what makes the show special is the number of outright bizarre musical numbers that somehow became huge hits. A German band with a song about actual Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan that sounds like an ’80s cartoon theme song? A Finnish shock-metal band dressed in full-bodied demonic costumes but singing very Christian lyrics (which actually won)? How about a literal band of singing Russian grannies? Only “Eurovision” can manage to find a way to make all of this work, so it’s no surprise that we would eventually get a comedy movie that would shine a light on this bizarre European tradition.
Now Netflix has released the first teaser for “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”, in the form of a music video for “Volcano Man,” it is fittingly over the top and catchy. The euro techno song has peppy and campy lyrics that talk of “highland fjords” and a “Volcano Man” that will save us all. Meanwhile, the music video shows Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams dressed as futuristic Viking warriors singing while on top of a volcano, typical “Eurovision” fare. That being said, it remains to be seen if the movie offers a better parody than the one already made by the actual show itself back in 2016.
The movie follows two Icelandic singers (played by Ferrell and McAdams) who are given the change to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition. “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” also stars Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato, Dan Stevens and Natasia Demetriou.
The film was scheduled to be released this weekend to coincide with the 2020 edition of “Eurovision,” but Netflix pushed it to June 26.