Sunday, 8 May 2016

Eddie the Eagle

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Dexter Fletcher's semi-biopic drama-comedy is likely to be the most purely uplifting film of the year. It deals with a guy doing Olympic Ski jumping, they even mention the bobsled team, referencing to Cool Runnings was a pretty fun easter egg. This film is a formulate movie about the human spirit, it's not about whether you win or loose it's about how hard you try. 

Hugh Jackman's easy charm and Christopher Walken's cameo bring a dash of Hollywood glamour. However, while Jackman's mentor is played by Christopher Walken, he doesn't quite blend with the rest of the movie as you half expect Will Ferrell to pop up in the middle of things. And yet it works, partially because any deviation from the norm is a better alternative. In fact, director Dexter Fletcher pushes the comedy to the limit. 

This film is undeniably corny, but also very sincere and tear-inducing, that ultimately it doesn't matter. As the music is swelling and everyone is cheering, I can't believe it but I think there's something in my eye. I was ready to lift Eddie up on my shoulders and parade him through the streets myself. There's a reason why mainstream filmmakers stick to the formula: it works. 

Overall, Dexter Fletcher's biopic of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is a by-the-book sports epic.

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