Eddie the Eagle full movie review - I was jumping for joy, after watching this film. It made my day. Very charming film.
The Eagle has just landed. Was it worth watching? Yes, indeed, even with the over used inspirational underdog clichés, this movie has.
This biographical sports dramedy film directed by Dexter Fletcher was a lot of fun to watch. However, I can understand, if some people find this movie to be, too over-romanticizing. The good-natured sweetness of the story could be a little too schmaltzy at times. After all, there were points in the film, even I was, thought, were a bit, much. The whole slow open mouth yelling organism sequence, and knit sweater opening toward the end, was some big examples of that. Despite that, this biopic set in the 1980s, about the unlikeliest of Olympians, British ski jumper, Eddie 'the Eagle' Edward (Taron Egerton), whom overcame a physical disability, social awkwardness, and leagues of doubters, to become one of the most famous winter athletes in the mid-'80s was very memorable. The movie from 20th Century Fox remind me, so much of a mixer of 1993's 'Rudy' and 1993's 'Cool Runnings' in its PG heroic failure approached. While, the movie is well-acted, and well-filmed. The movie does have some bothersome flaws, besides the predictable outcome. One big example is how 90% of the film is made up, based on Eddie Edwards's account to his 1988's Calgary training. Some of the jarring modifications to the source material, was the level of experience, he had in ski-jump. In the film, he had no experience, jumping, when in truth, he had some skills in ski-jumping, as he used to do small ski jumps for charity. These are usually over cars, buses, or any structure that he is hired for people to see him jump. He wasn't as amateurism as the movie makes it out to be. Another thing, about his training, is the change in location. In the film, Eddie trains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, but in reality he learned to master his ski jump at Lake Placid in the USA, hint why he had an American coach. Another big change is the adding of fictional characters to the real-life event. The washed up alcoholic former ski jumper Bronson Peary played by Hugh Jackman who becomes Eddie's coach in the movie, is an almost entirely fictional. While, Jackman's character was inspired by a few of the coaches like John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn who taught Eddie; there was no direct correlation to any single coach. Anyways, for the most part, in real life, Eddie rarely had any coaches, as he mostly had to train himself in the sport. However, Jackman's performance was charming enough to look pass that, even if his role wasn't much of a stretch from his typecast 'bad boy' Wolverine persona. His on-screen chemistry with Taron Egerton was great. I just wish, he dress up and look more like he came from that 1980s era. The whole time, I saw him, on screen, he look like he was a 2010's time travelling badass. Nevertheless, he was really needed for the film, unlike Bronson Peary's mentor/trainer, Warren Sharp (Christopher Walken) Like Bronson Peary, Warren Sharp is a fictional character. In the Eddie the Eagle movie, Sharp is the U.S. Ski Team coach who had kicked Peary off the team for breaking the rules and being a daredevil. While, his character needed to be mention; there was no reason for any actor to play him. In my opinion, Christopher Walken was really wasted as a talent, playing this bland character. Despite that, the other supporting actors like the ones that played Eddie's parents, Terry (Keith Allen) & Janette (Jo Hartley) were a hoot. Even main actor, Taron Egerton is wonderful in the role. Not only, does he transformed himself for the role with the characteristic thick glasses, a weight gain, the Cheltenham accent and, towards the end, Eddie's iconic mustache, but he also downplay his considerable polish appearance to look more slightly goofy-looking to the point, that it's mostly historically accurate. However, the character wasn't that well-rounded. I really didn't get, much about his character, besides wanting to go to the Olympics. Another thing, about Eddie Edwards's life was how harsh, it really was, for him. It was a lot more difficult than it seem on the life. After all, this guy was sleeping cow sheds, mental hospital, and scraping food out of trash bins. Nor does the movie explore, much, what happen to him, after his Olympics appearance with him, trying back to get the Olympics, and failing. Then, his collapse in bankruptcy, follow by his attempts for a comeback career, in singing, in law, and finally having success in being a motivational speaker, and plasterer. Despite Eddie's lack of athletic ability, the media and viewers at home were drawn to him, feeling a sense of kinship because, like many of them, Eddie was just an average guy. This is what makes this movie, kinda great. I think, it represented that whole Olympic spirit. Yes, he had his large amount of doubters, however, most of the athletes at the time, were supported of him. It was more of International Olympic Committee (IMC) that was against him; implementing news rules that says to qualify in any sport, athletes had to be in the top 50 or top 30 per cent of competitors at world championships, known as the "Eddie the Eagle" rule. In the end, the IMC kinda shot themselves in the foot, as it eliminate the right for each nations to send at least one athlete and set their own minimum competition standards for future events. In many ways, the strict bureaucracy of today's Olympics, is one of the reason, why more of the recent games have fewer viewers, as it's not allowing certain poorer countries to completion. Overall: While, this feel-good film will not break records, or will, much awards, at least, it kinda soared like an eagle. It indeed, flew high on my radar. So check it out, on your own. You'll like it.