After speculations, rumors and wild guesses the Eurovision movie finally reached us via Netflix streaming services. And let us be frank, the film is better than I thought it would be. But as a film about Eurovision… No not really, it is a classic love story with Eurovision as the back drop. It could have been the same story but with Idol, or America got talent as the venue, but they made a choice and went for Eurovision.
If I were Icelandic I might not be so positive to how my country is put forward as a step behind the rest of Europe but I guess we still can joke about Icelandic white citizens even if it is on the edge of being an insult.
So how much is Eurovision in this story? Not much really, as a fan you can find so many wrongs that it’s not worth to go into it, cause you are not supposed to see the film as an attempt to raise the worlds awareness of The Eurovision Song Contest, but a few things that is funny… Sweden compete with a rap song, won’t happen in many years to come. The few full time songs on the Soundtrack is actually not bad, what I wish for is that the songs they only recorded as 1:30 minute snippets had been given a full length version on the Soundtrack, and the best “Eurovision” moment in the film is the Medley with many Eurovision artists doing a sing a long during the Russian delegations party. Those minutes are actually a fiesta for Eurovision fans, and very welled played.
Salvador Sobrals cameo is also a nice touch as well as the part of the Russian singer Alexander Lemtov (played by Dan Stevens), a role where you kind of wait for him to be a East State bad guy and end up in not being that at all. The part is there to show the finger to the Russian LGBT laws, but very very much “under the cover” to not upset mother Russia.
So, what to finally say? If you are a huge Eurovision fan expecting a Eurovision extravaganza, you will be disappointed, if you sit down to watch a rom com in a musical environment you will enjoy the movie.
If you buy the Soundtrack, it will make you go crazy that a few songs only are max 2 minutes long, but the final ballad will make you smile every time you hear it – and I will not be surprised if the real Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will put some of the songs in the shows interval acts.