Genre: Music, Musical, Comedy
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele
Based on Eurovision Song Contest; by European Broadcasting Union
Starring: Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams.
Music by Atli Örvarsson
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Production company: Gary Sanchez Productions, EBU
Distributed by Netflix
The plot: Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps test their bond.
I was looking forward to this film even after it was announced.
This film was good.
Pros: The film was so good of capturing two people follow their dreams winning the Eurovision song contest, Will Ferrell & Rachel Mcadams do work very well together & their performances, hands up to graham Norton cameo was proper place in this film & all the musical performances quiet fun to turn your brain off to enjoy.
Cons: Some of past Eurovision contestant’s appearances felt completely unnecessary the film, in a lot of the film they do skip through & I felt like a mss opportunity to post fun of the Eurovision song contest.
- Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong, a middle-aged man with aspirations of winning the Eurovision Song Contest
- Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdóttir, Lars’s bandmate and long-time best friend, who wishes for a romantic relationship with him
- Molly Sandén sings all Sigrit Ericksdóttir’s songs, credited as My Marianne.
- Dan Stevens as Alexander Lemtov, a flamboyant singer representing Russia
- Mikael Persbrandt as Victor Karlosson, governor of the Central Bank of Iceland, who doesn’t want Iceland to win the contest
- Pierce Brosnan as Erick Erickssong, Lars’s disapproving widowed father
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Neils Brongus, president of RÚV, Iceland’s national public service broadcaster
- Melissanthi Mahut as Mita Xenakis, another contestant, representing Greece
- Petra Nielsen sings Mita Xenakis’s song.
- Joi Johannsson as Jorn, a member of the Icelandic Eurovision committee
- Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Arnar, a policeman who has a crush on Sigrit
- Demi Lovato as Katiana Lindsdóttir, winner of Söngvakeppnin
- Graham Norton as himself, a Eurovision commentator
- Jamie Demetriou as Kevin Swain, head of Iceland’s creative team
- Elina Alminas as Corin Vladvitch, the Eurovision host
- Jon Kortajarena as Sasha More, the Eurovision host
- Alfrun Rose as Anna, a member of the Icelandic Eurovision committee
- Elin Petersdóttir as Helka, Sigrit’s mother
- Christopher Jeffers as Johnny John John, a rapper representing Sweden
- Rebecca Harrod as Brittny, one of the American tourists
- Josh Zaré as Bill, one of the American tourists
- Bobby Lockwood as Jeff, one of the American tourists
- Eleanor Williams as Jenn, one of the American tourists
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Johans, one of Húsavík’s policemen
- Natasia Demetriou as Nina, a crew member at the contest
- William Lee Adams as himself, a Eurovision commentator.
Several former contestants of the Eurovision Song Contest made cameos in the film:
- John Lundvik – Swedish representative in 2019
- Anna Odobescu – Moldovan representative in 2019
- Bilal Hassani – French representative in 2019
- Loreen – Swedish winner of the 2012 contest
- Jessy Matador – French representative in 2010
- Alexander Rybak – Norwegian winner of the 2009 contest & representative in 2018
- Jamala – Ukrainian winner of the 2016 contest
- Elina Nechayeva – Estonian representative in 2018
- Conchita Wurst – Austrian winner of the 2014 contest
- Netta – Israeli winner of the 2018 contest
Other special appearances include:
- Salvador Sobral (2017 winner) as a busker playing piano in Scotland
- Molly Sandén (2006 Junior contestant) who dubbed Rachel McAdams in all Sigrit Ericksdóttir’s songs.
- Petra Nielsen (Melodifestivalen 2004 contestant) who dubbed Melissanthi Mahut in Mita Xenakis’ song.
I highly recommend this film on Netflix.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars – Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes
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