Eddie the Eagle is a biopic about the British skier who became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski jumping even during the 1988 Winter Olympics. It’s a true underdog story that stars Taron Egerton (as Eddie) and Hugh Jackman. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher.
The good; the story. At the core of this film is a story about triumph and adversity. Everything is telling Eddie “no!” But it’s his determination and spirit that really draw you in. Taron Egerton does a great job in making Eddie relate-able. You then pair him with Hugh Jackman as the other underdog and you’ve got a great duo. This film focuses on all the right aspects, story and character.
The musical score is perfect. It both cements and clues us in to the 80s era. The synth music is done well and it builds up to the perfect use of the song Jump by Van Halen.
There’s also a mention of the Jamaican Bobsled team (Cool Runnings anyone?).
The bad; the special effects really pop out. I wouldn’t fault the director for this, with the technology today things are more and more do-able, but there are a couple scenes where the studio skimped on the budget, for shame…
Usually at the end of these movies we get some text to read and update us on what the people are doing today. Very strange that we didn’t get that here.
A lot of liberties were taken with the facts of the story, hopefully no one will take this film as pure fact, like those of you who watch movies instead of reading the book…
Also, you aren’t going to see this movie, bad marketing… bad marketing! Go sit in the corner.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. Dexter Fletcher does a great job. He’s usually an actor, I hope he gets to do more directing of this caliber. This movie doesn’t have the typical character arc with the main character, Eddie is the same at the end of the movie as he was at the beginning, the character arcs come from everyone else around him, a nice variation on the form. Eddie the Eagle follows the typical sports underdog story, but does it well. I know what’s going to happen, I know how it ends, yet I’m still in the moment as events unfold, that’s a good movie.