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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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link to the 2004 thread on Anchorman, for some wayback yet still relevant commentary on Will Farrell's comedic acting

Having had mixed experiences with Will Farrell comedies over the years, I enjoyed Eurovision...Fire Saga (Netflix) much more than I expected: laughed out loud several times (mostly at scenes not primarily focused on WF). Rachel McAdams and the rest of the supporting cast really put their hearts into it. I have only watched a few evenings of Eurovision (including a performance by Conchita Wurst, who  won that year) and have seen mixed reviews from Eurovision fans, but at least one, The Atlantic's David Sims, thinks the movie gets the mix of satire and sweetness right.

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Sincerity is the key to every great Will Ferrell comedy. His classics, such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, are surreal satires of American arrogance. But they work because the title characters are earnest creations—buffoons invested with the genuine belief that what they’re doing is special. That makes Ferrell an ideal match for a movie about the Eurovision Song Contest, the international competition of soaring ballads and thunderous pop jams that has long straddled the line between camp ridiculousness and charming authenticity.

Actually, though, Dan Stevens gives the funniest performance in the movie.


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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All right, you've persuaded me to give this a try.  I wasn't feeling hopeful, after the letdowns of Anchorman 2, Holmes and Watson, and the Between 2 Ferns movie.  But it's not like I've got anywhere to be after work...  


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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