Will Ferrell’s “Eurovision Song Contest” movie is the laugh we need this holiday

Will Ferrell’s “Eurovision Song Contest” movie is the laugh we need this holiday


If you missed the Netflix debut of “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”, there are reasons to watch it now that go beyond being inspired to keep up fashionable appearances through a winter in COVID-19 lockdown or dreaming about travelling to beautiful Icelandic landscapes.

The movie starring, co-written and produced by the hilarious Will Ferrell, is about the most popular song contest in the world that is watched across Europe and beyond. Although many in North America only learned recently of Eurovision, it has been an all-consuming obsession for many Europeans since 1956.

The film is a popular exploration of what I have examined as an education researcher: “pop-up pedagogy” — when a person doesn’t plan to take part in educational activities but ends up gaining…



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