FILM REVIEW | Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Terrible yet amazing songs, shiny things galore and potentially related love interests - there's a lot going on in Netflix's latest comedy offering.

Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell lead the outrageous and camp new flick Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

The film manages to be both a send-up of and love letter to the crazed competition that is Eurovision.

Ferrell and McAdams play Icelandic friends (though there's a recurring joke that they might share a father) Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, who, inspired by ABBA's Waterloo, are obsessed with creating the perfect Eurovision song.

When a ridiculous but also hilarious tragedy befalls all the other entrants (including Demi Lovato's blonde songstress Katiana) in Iceland's Eurovision selection competition, it's up to the pair - collectively dubbed Fire Saga - to represent the Nordic country at Europe's kitschiest event of the year.

Kitsch: Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star as Icelandic wannabe musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Sage, rated M, now streaming on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Kitsch: Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star as Icelandic wannabe musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Sage, rated M, now streaming on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

The Story of Fire Saga is nowhere near as crude as some of Ferrell's other big movies, and that's to its betterment.

The jokes are light and dotted throughout the film, with the best laughs coming from slapstick or (gloriously) over-the-top performances, both musical and acting.

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens chews every inch of scenery as repressed Russian entrant Alexander Lemtov, who is effectively George Michael (the bouffy 80s hair and single earring really make his character), while James Bond himself Pierce Brosnan plays Lars' unenthusiastic father Erick.

But where this film really shines is its songs.

There's a fine line between making terrible music and music that's just catchy enough to be not quite good but also not bad. The Story of Fire Saga treads that line perfectly. It's impossible to rid one's head of tunes like JaJa Ding Dong, Double Trouble and Lion of Love.

Most surprisingly, when the climactic performance comes around, it actually tugs at the heartstrings.

Ferrell is his usual self but McAdams is just so brilliant as the optimistic and talented Sigrit that she steals the entire movie.

If nothing else, this highly amusing film might spark you to Google the fascinating nature of Icelandic naming conventions.

Rating: 7/10