I went into this movie with sky-high expectations. (Yes, I do realize the pun.) I absolutely love Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, and I adore Matthew Vaughn, the producer of the film (director of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "X-Men: First Class", among others).
The film was pretty solidly-made. There was some great cinematography, from showcasing the scenery in the areas in which they are training/competing to great POV shots of Eddie doing the jumps. The movie had me wanting to laugh, cheer, cry (even though I didn't), and lean on the edge of my seat, sometimes even at the same time. Taron Egerton nailed his role as the eponymous Eddie, and Hugh Jackman was also great as his mentor. The soundtrack was also phenomenal, and very fitting too.
I only really had a few minor issues with the film. There were a few conspicuous lapses in reasoning (He'll walk in here in a wheelchair!), but they didn't detract from the movie. Out of the five "antagonists" that I could find (the Dad, the Norwegians, the British Olympic Association head, the Flying Fin, and Warren Sharp), I felt that only the Flying Fin, the B.O.A. head, and Sharp felt natural. I thought that, albeit necessary to the story of the film, the Dad and the Norwegians felt very forced. I would have liked to see them handled in a less stereotypical way.
So overall, I was really impressed by this film. It was a well-made sports biopic that was a lot of fun to watch. I am a bit disappointed that it was released so close to the (also good) film "Race" targeting the same audience, and the competition will not let them realize their full potential at the box office. (By the way, it counts as an "Ascendant Independent" because it was the Surprise Screening at Sundance this year.)
Eddie the Eagle
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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