‘Eddie the Eagle’ Review

Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Written by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and Christopher Walken

★★★☆☆

“Eddie the Eagle” is a standard sports movie, although I fail to see what is so inspiring about Eddie’s story. His story is not an underdog story; he meets only the minimum qualifications for the Olympics and places last in both of the events in which he competed. Essentially, Eddie’s story is about a cocky, arrogant rookie ski jumper. The movie does not delve into why his story is inspiring, or why I should even care about Eddie’s journey. People spend their whole lives doing nothing but prepare for the Olympics; many never win medals. Eddie, by contrast, spends only one year preparing for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. In retrospect, he probably should have listened to Hugh Jackman’s character when he said that they should have trained properly for the 1992 games. Then this story would have had the makings of a more traditional underdog story.

Putting aside the question of why to make the movie, the film itself was not that bad. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman were great in the movie, both individually and together. Egerton was a star find in last year’s “Kingsmen: The Secret Service” and with “Eddie the Eagle” proves that he is indeed a young talent that is worth watching. Jackman is great in just about everything, so putting these two actors together was great fun.

The score of the movie was quintessential 1980s, and often in the worst ways possible. The score composed by Matthew Margeson is a reminder of how cheesy synthesizer based music is. The soundtrack of the movie, however, was excellent. The training montage had Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams,” and ends with the aptly named “Jump” by Van Halen. The soundtrack and even the cheesy synth score worked for the movie because it sold the atmosphere of the films late 1980s setting.

“Eddie the Eagle” was a decent sports movie, though not particularly inspiring.

 

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