Oscar campaigns are often the most ingratiating, irritating part of awards season, full of million-dollar advertising campaigns and star-studded luncheons that us plebeians only get to watch from afar. But every now and then, there’s an utterly charming winner of awards season — usually in the form of a likable star or director who has no patience for the Tinseltown pageantry. But this year, it’s not a person but a whole town who is taking the title of Oscar season MVP: the town of Húsavík, the namesake of the Oscar-shortlisted song from Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
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The Movie: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Two middle-aged Icelanders who have spent their entire lives determined to win the annual Eurovision Song Contest finally get their chance to compete on the world stage.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Confession: I watched the trailer for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and thought the movie would be unwatchable. The reviews have been mixed to negative overall, and I was very close to writing this off forever as something I’d never bother to see.
But after encountering a wave of praise from several people whose film opinions I respect, I decided to put my disdain for the trailer aside and give it a shot – and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Eurovision is one of the best mainstream comedies I’ve seen in a long while. Read More »
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Last summer, we learned that comedy superstar Will Ferrell was set to star in a new Netflix movie called Eurovision, based on an internationally popular music competition show. Now that movie has finally found a filmmaker: Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin is stepping behind the camera and reuniting with Ferrell for the first time since the actor made a memorable cameo in his 2005 comedy. Read More »
Netflix has just snagged one of the biggest names in comedy to star in one of the streaming service’s original films. Will Ferrell, the triple threat actor/writer/producer of Hollywood comedies like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, will co-write and star in a new movie called Eurovision, which is about an internationally popular music competition show. Read more about the upcoming Eurovision movie below. Read More »