Photo: Elizabeth Viggiano/NETFLIX Every year since 1956, usually in May, the nations of Europe have gathered to determine which of them has the most exuberantly kitschy, delightfully overproduced infectious pop song. In 2019, 41 countries competed, including Azerbaijan, Russia, and even Australia, and around 180 million viewers watched the televised contest, even though most Americans don't know much about it. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga , starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as a hapless Icelandic singing duo, was supposed to open theatrically in late May to coincide with the actual event. But with Eurovision itself canceled, Eurovision the movie not only has to stand on its own (on Netflix); it might just have to stand in for the real thing, because the music — ridiculous and catchy in equal measure — is arguably just as good as much of what Eurovision presents anyway. "I didn't want Dick in a Box, but we're also not making A Star Is Born here," says director David Dobkin, who, besides having directed Wedding Crashers, is also a music-video veteran. He envisioned the film's songs walking the fine line between satire and homage. "It's okay if it's funny, but it has… Read full this story
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