Review: Eddie the eager cliche inspirational Eagle
May 23, 2016
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Eddie the Eagle directed by Dexter Fletcher is a family film, retelling the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a British underdog turned Olympian, played by Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Egerton. To hide the fact that he is no longer a handsome, suave secret agent, Egerton juts out his chin and sports a pair of ridiculously large glasses that add to his quirky, comical appearance.
Following Eddie’s journey to make his way to the Olympics, the film has all the makings of a cliché sports film. Loving supportive mother (Jo Hartley), disapproving dad (Keith Allen), washed up coach looking for redemption (Hugh Jackman) as well as all the “villains” who are trying to bring Eddie down.
Once the film finally shows us Eddie at the Olympics, we are introduced to some of these villains in the form of other Olympians such as nudist Norwegian ski jumping team to the Finnish champ Matti Nykänen (Edvin Endre). Eddie’s competition are all eager to make a fool of him and push him away from his Olympic dreams…Quite rude really.
However, Eddie does eventually win everybody over, including ski jumping legend Warren Sharp (Christopher Walken) with his lovable, charming nature as well as his ability to take crap from no-one. His determination brings hope to not only a nation of entertained TV viewers but also to washed up Hugh Jackman inspiring him to become a better man.
The film features a number of cute but predictable montages set to 80’s hits like “You make my Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates, or Van Halen’s “Jump” which add to the inspiring nature of the movie.
The movie will serve as an almost painfully cheery family film, designed to be enjoyed by everybody…If you can stomach another cheesy inspiring sports film.
Eddie The Eagle – 6/10