Iceland, Edinburgh, Elves, Ghosts and The Spirit Note – Fire Saga take Eurovision by Storm
WOW. I absolutely LOVED this movie! It was just so, so amusing and uplifting. I liked everything about it. It’s the perfect light entertainment to lift you right out of lockdown. The music in this film was brilliant, especially “Volcano Man”! Plus Will Ferrell really rocks his long blonde locks.
This film made me laugh and it was also moving and sweet. I am a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and have enjoyed watching it since I was a little girl. Seeing all the different countries, cultures and fashions and music styles. It has always been great entertainment. The movie begins with an unforgettable EUROVISION moment. ABBA and Waterloo, an EPIC Eurovision moment from 1974…
One Boys Dream of Eurovision
This is where a young boy living in a small fishing town in Iceland, Lars Erickssong runs into the living room and dances in front of the television screen vowing that one day he will win Eurovision! This becomes Lars Erickssong’s (Will Ferrell’s) one DREAM. And together with his childhood friend, Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Rachel McAdams), he dedicates his life to making music, determined to make his dream a reality, much to the annoyance of his unimpressed, stern father. (Pierce Brosnan)
Explosions, Elves and Twist of Fate
Lars and Sigrit play music in local haunts in Iceland and through a series of strange occurrences are actually chosen to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest. Don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say it’s quite Explosive! They enter their song “Double Trouble” and Sigrit, a believer in old traditions and folklore leaves an offering for The Elves, asking for their help.
Eurovision in the Exquisite City of Edinburgh
They wind up in Edinburgh where the Eurovision is taking place. This film showcases Edinburgh beautifully. I lived there once and I remember the moment I first set foot in that city and said, “I am living here”. And I did for a while and loved every moment of being in that exquisite place. It’s still perhaps my most favourite city on the planet. Also known as The Athens of the North and has the reputation of being one of the most haunted cities in Europe. If you haven’t been you will witness some of it’s beauty in this movie.
The Sexy Russian who is Favourite to Win
Sigrit has strong feelings for Lars but he has no time for this as he is serious about the music. Enter Sexy Russian, Alexander Lemtov, (Dan Stevens) the favourite to win the contest with his song, “Lion of Love”. He’s incredibly handsome, an insatiable flirt and like a Russian George Michael with amazingly styled hair. A rather dramatic, flamboyant, larger than life character that sizzles on the stage.
The Russian makes the moves on Sigrit who is rather impressed with this charming Lothario. Time to experience partying and music in an extravagant Eurovision manner. Lars leaves Sigrit to party and despite returning to his hotel room he does not escape being seduced himself.
Double Trouble on Stage
The tension builds between Lars and Sigrit but they overcome their differences to perform. There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition to stir the passions. Double Trouble take to the stage and Dreams become Reality. Until…. Catastrophe Strikes. Should Lars have heeded the Ghost’s warning? When he returns to Iceland, the Elves ensure that those forces working against him are dealt with.
Elves with Supernatural Powers
Lars has his belief in Elves renewed. It seems he was a non believer despite Sigrit’s faith in their supernatural powers. However we all know Will Ferrell is one of the most famous Elves out there! In Iceland there are many that still believe in the existence of elves and that is a fascinating story in itself.
Lars and Sigrit defy the odds, overcome obstacles and give Eurovision all they’ve got. You will have to watch to find out if they are winners or losers in this competition. They certainly win the popular vote and they get full marks for trying.
I want the Soundtrack
I really liked all the music in this film so I definitely want the soundtrack. As well as “Double Trouble” and, “Lion of Love” there was some other great songs such as “Running with The Wolves”. As well as some Cameo performances this movie features Graham Norton as the commentator.
Film was scheduled to coincide with Eurovision 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID 19
“The Story of Fire Saga was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. However, after the 2020 Eurovision contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released a month later, on June 26, on Netflix.” (Wikipedia)
Will Ferrell’s Swedish Wife introduced him to Eurovision
“Will Ferrell was introduced to Eurovision in 1999 by his Swedish wife, actress Viveca Paulin. Sweden happened to win that year with the song “Take Me to Your Heaven”, which Ferrell mentions as a reason he became smitten with the competition.”
He went to the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal in 2018 to do research for the movie and speak to contestants back stage. “On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Ferrell would star, co-write and produce a film inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest. The film would be distributed by Netflix.” (Wikipedia)
Here’s to Future Eurovision’s
Hoping that the Eurovision Song Contest will happen in the future and more Dreams become Reality in the entertaining show that takes you on a musical trip around Europe. This year we didn’t get Eurovision but we got Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga and that was one unforgettable Roller Coaster Ride with a lot of love, great music and a lot of laughs.
This film gets my vote. Full Points to Fire Saga and one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a while. Also great hair and great outfits. Watch this for uplifting, feel good, entertainment.
To conclude, I am still trying to figure out what “The Spirit Note” is….
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