Eddie the Eagle (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Comedy, Drama


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The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


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3 February 2016 | ThomasDrufke
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| Important Thing is Not to Win, But to Take Part
Everyone loves a good underdog story, and sports films have always been a good avenue for those stories to thrive. I know a lot of people like to complain sometimes about 'biopics' and how they should be as close to the source material as possible, but I look at it a different way. I go to the movies for an experience. Whether that be to laugh, cry, smile, or whatever, I go for the experience. If a film would be better off taking plenty of liberties, I'm all for it. Eddie the Eagle definitely took that philosophy, and for the most part, it really worked.

First of all, I have to give a shout out to Elk Grove Cinema (not that they would actually be reading this) for inviting me to a preview screening of the film a few weeks before its wide release. Of course I jumped at the opportunity considering Hugh Jackman and the up and comer Taron Egerton were starring in a sports film, especially a seemingly uplifting one at that. The film absolutely did not disappoint. Similar to last week's Finest Hours, I went in with mediocre expectations, and came out very pleasantly satisfied with what I got. It's a feel good story that I think everyone can get behind. Eddie dreamed his entire life of competing in the Olympics and was told that he would never make it, naturally that's someone we would root for.

The good thing is that Egerton does more than just portray a sympathetic character. He transforms into Eddie the Eagle. I didn't know much about him before the film but it seems like he really pulled off Edwards' emotions and body language to a T. Jackman is also very good as the clichéd drunk washed up trainer that takes Eddie from being a wannabe to an Olympic athlete. I think that's what a lot of people will come out of the film saying, it's so clichéd. To an extent, they're not wrong. Each and every character is the prototype of what you would expect them to be, whether they are supporting Eddie or entirely against him. But I also don't think it was always a detriment to the film. Sometimes the clichés worked.

As I said, the film is incredible satisfying. It's one of the best examples of a pure crowd-pleaser. There's not much to dislike about the film. I absolutely loved the music choices including the score and some timely 80's song choices. Sure, I think the stakes could have been raised a bit here or there to give an even bigger emotional moment, but I can't say the film didn't already bring me to teary eyes at some points. And that to me, is an experience at the movies.

+Emotionally satisfying

+Egerton is terrific

+Music

+Jackman

-Some clichés are unnecessary

7.5/10

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Trivia

Matthew Vaughn quickly assembled his dream team both in front of, and behind the camera. Deciding immediately that he didn't want to direct ("This is a whole new experience for me, making a family-friendly feel-good film!"), he turned to his old friend, Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher had starred in the first movie produced by Vaughn, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), and the two had remained in touch ever since, during which both had become directors. Fletcher's helming debut, Wild Bill (2011), in particular, caught Vaughn's eye. "I loved Wild Bill (2011)," said Vaughn. "Dexter's good at heart, and he's good at looking after people."


Quotes

Eddie Edwards: So is this the bit where you say "I told you so"?
Bronson Peary: No, this is where I say that without the booze I wouldn't even have the guts to do that jump. As your coach, I think you're crazy.
Eddie Edwards: I don't know what I was thinking.
Bronson Peary: But as your friend, I say you ...


Goofs

In an early scene set in 1973, a train goes over a bridge which clearly has an electronic display board, something which wasn't introduced until at least 30 years later. It also strongly resembles a London underground tube S Stock train - something which is not operated in the north of England and wasn't introduced to London underground until 2011.


Crazy Credits

During the end credits photos of the real Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards are shown.


Soundtracks

Out Of The Sky
(
Gary Barlow, Ben Mark, Mark Owen)
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd & Universal Music Publishing Limited
Performed by Marc Almond
Courtesy of Universal Music Catalogue
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd

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Biography | Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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