RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 105 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DEXTER FLETCHER SCREENPLAY SIMON KELTON, SEAN MACAULAY STARRING TARON EGERTON, HUGH JACKMAN, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, IRIS BERBEN, MARK BENTON, KEITH ALLEN, JO HARTLEY MUSIC MATTHEW MARGESON
This is the true life story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards played by Taron Egerton who became famous and popular during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary for competing as the only British ski jumper since 1929 without proper experience in the sport. But what made him special was the will to compete at the Olympics keeping the Olympic spoiler alive.
Oh man, I cried like a baby! This film pulls on your heartstrings like no other. If you are a crybaby like me, take some tissues with you. After the movie was over I looked around me and the ladies in front and on my right clearly were tubing their eyes. So I was not alone 😛
But why is this movie so emotional? I would say because of the story. Eddie Edwards comes from a British working class family that has no aspirations whatsoever to do anything great with their lives. In fact, his dad constantly brings him down in his athletic aspirations and doesn’t want him to be anything other than a plasterer. A plasterer? Yeah, right!
But Eddie is a special sort of person. Even though he seems incredibly unathletic from the youngest age with mobility issues in his body, he doesn’t want anything more than competing at the Olympics any way possible in any sport possible.
The thing is, to see a person with such a huge heart and determination finally succeed and prove everybody wrong just makes you tear up, not only once, but I counted 4 situations where I struggled 😉 It’s so highly inspiring that you want to go out there and do something! Fuck the success! It’s all about the struggle.
I was very curious to see the film, also because of Taron Egerton. As you may have heard, there is a young Han Solo movie coming in 2019 and Taron Egerton is a forerunner for being cast as Han Solo. So naturally, as the Star Wars fan I am, I wanted to see what he can bring as a character actor. I have watched him in Kingsman: The Secret Service last year, and I liked him. And this time around he even did a better job and was good as well. There wasn’t anything special about his performance, but it did what it needed to do. He certainly brings a lot of charisma to the table, which the Han Solo character oozes with. But let’s get back to Eddie The Eagle.
Hugh Jackman is also in this movie as Bronson Peary an ex-American-ski-jumper who despite his incredible talent fell victim to his partying and drinking habits. He takes on Eddie The Eagle to train and help him achieve his dream.
I really enjoyed Hugh Jackman in the role, although the role seemed kind of familiar to me. Maybe it’s because seeing him with a cigarette in his mouth reminds me of wolverine. But he did a good job – of course, it’s Hugh Jackman!
So is there anything negative to say? Well, yes and no. Make no mistake, the movie is very much painted by the numbers. It gives you what you want from an underdog sports tale, nothing more, nothing less. You have seen this kind of movie million times before. In fact, this is a good companion piece to 1993’s Cool Runnings, not only because it happened during the exact same Olympics (how crazy is that?), but also because it really plays out in a very similar way. It also feels like it. It’s a sort of comedy with many cliche side characters who are being mean for the sake of being mean.
However, that doesn’t mean the movie is not effective by any means. As I said, it made me tear up quite few times.
What really took me out a few times was some bad CGI. I wish they would have used normal stuntmen to portray some of the crashes. But then again, what stuntman would jump from a 90m ramp and purposefully let himself crash at the landing table? Ouch!!
This is the feel-good-movie of the year, even though we are just 4 months in. But I can’t imagine that any other movie will make you feel so good about yourself like this. If you like sports movies, then what are you waiting for. But even, if you don’t – in case you are struggling with some sort of project or achieving your dream and are in desperate need for some inspiration, run out to the theater. I promise you, you will feel better afterwards!