|Title:||Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga|
|08.01.20||Netflix|| It's just so clear how much better an actor Rachel McAdams is over Will Ferrell. I think, as a comedy this doesn't really work that well but as a romantic comedy it works ok. The highlight is probably Dan Stevens who is great at being funny and a little empathetic while still being the antagonist which I can't imagine being easy to do.|
I watched this after I saw a youtube video where Laura Bailey said that McAdams was basically playing her character from Critical Role. I think that's an astute observation both in the accent and the childlike innocence that she has. I think with a.... hmm.. how to put this... I think McAdams is a really good actress but I'm not sure how funny she is... so her and Will Ferrell together were kind of like two actors trying to get to the same point from completely opposite starting places. For Ferrell, he's naturally funny so you see him stretching when he has to play dramatic and it's the opposite for McAdams. Because of that, I think maybe her character might have been ditzier and more out of touch on the page, but with McAdams' performance it comes off as an innocence that's more precious than humorous. Maybe that's what they were going for? Hard to tell. Like I said, the movie was more charming than funny so Ferrell's more broader stuff pulls it away from its sweet spot.
All in all, I liked it ok. I was definitely hoping for more straight comedy and less fitting the mold of a RomCom right down to the stupid fake fight in the middle, but as I've probably mentioned in previous entries, the world needs these movies too and sometimes they are exactly what you want. I was hoping for something different but can't fault it for not being something that it wasn't.