Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben, Christopher Walken
The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
I’ve wanted to see this film for a while now and for whatever reason, I just never had the chance to watch it. In fact, I think I saw every piece of promotion for this film via Youtube before I actually saw the film itself. I recently had the daunting task of putting away a crap ton of laundry and decided that I needed something on TV in the background. Of course, the first thing I do is open Netflix and voila, there was Eddie The Eagle. Let’s just say my eyes were glued to the screen and it may have taken me a lot longer to put away my laundry than I had originally anticipated.
What I Liked
The soundtrack. The soundtrack SCREAMED 80’s and I absolutely loved it. Songs like You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats and Jump by Van Halen were honestly the perfect songs for this film. Not only were the songs used throughout the film perfect, but even the score itself felt like it was created during the 1980’s. It really set the tone and atmosphere of the film and the era that it took place in.
Taron Egerton. I absolutely love Taron. I think we all first fell in love with him while watching Kingsman: The Secret Service, but he was just so phenomenal throughout Eddie The Eagle. He definitely had the underbite down, but what made me really fall in love with this character was his heart. Eddie is probably one of the sweetest, and maybe slightly naive, characters and he has a heart of gold. I wish I could have been alive to witness the amazing Eddie The Eagle in action, but alas, I was born a few years too late. Taron Egerton also seems like the kind of guy anyone could get along with. The interactions between his character of Eddie and Hugh Jackman’s character of Bronson Peary were perfect. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman definitely have a natural chemistry together on and off screen and it really showed throughout the film.
The feeling of inspiration. I’ve haven’t felt this inspired while watching a film in a long time. Eddie had one goal his entire life and he never let anyone stop him. People were downright cruel to him and he never let it affect him. He was so driven to achieve his goal and his determination was extremely inspiring.
The storytelling. I’ll be honest with you. I had no idea who Eddie The Eagle was before I heard about this film. I mean to be fair, I wasn’t born yet, but I’m shocked that his name never came up before the film came to be. My mom mentioned that she remembered him, especially because this all took place during the ’88 Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We Canadians can be extremely patriotic, especially when the Olympics take place in our country…which is why I’m even more shocked that I hadn’t heard of him before. The storytelling throughout this film was great and it really made me want to learn more about him. I’m glad that this film brought forward an amazing story about an amazing individual that I may have otherwise never heard of.
What I Didn’t Like
Hugh Jackman’s American Accent. I’m sorry, but I kept hearing the Australian and it bothered me a little. I know, I know…I shouldn’t be so picky about something like this, but I found it preety hard to convince myself that his character was American.
The aftermath? You know after you watch a biopic, or anything based on a true story really, and at the end of the film they put up a few facts on screen to let you know about the real person that the film is based on? Yeah, this didn’t really have anything. Did Eddie continue to the ’92 Olympics? I was hoping to get some info…unless it happened after the credits rolled and I missed it.
Overall, Eddie The Eagle was fantastic. I absolutely loved the story and I really enjoyed learning more about this person that I previously knew nothing about. It was inspirational and endearing and I highly recommend giving it a watch!