Finally got around to watching this one! “Eddie the Eagle” is biographical sports dramedy film directed by the amazing Dexter Fletcher (director of “Rocketman” as well). The film tells the story of British skier Michael “Eddie” Edwards. Notable for in 1988 becoming the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping since 1928.Finally got around to watching this one!
I admit, I had no idea who “Eddie the Eagle” was before doing some research about him prior to watching this movie. I just really wanted to watch the other film Dexter Fletcher worked on with Taron Egerton. I gotta say these two could become like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, which I sincerely hope happens (though hopefully in a more successful way arguably overall). I’ve seen 2 of their films together now and thoroughly enjoyed both, though “Rocketman” holds a very special place in my heart and is in my opinion a better film. That is however not taking anything away from this film. It has so much heart and spirit in it, I can tell when directors give a damn about their source material.
We get more great character acting by Taron, he seems to be making a great career out of biopic related film. In an interview I watched the real-life Eddie Edwards highly approve of/complemented Taron’s accuracy of portraying him in his youth. Which cannot be short of the best compliment you can get as an actor. Facial expressions seem to play a huge role in this film, which Taron particularly seemingly always does a really good job with. Eddie the man himself seems like such an eccentric, lovable and interesting guy, but in this movie his character portrayal didn’t grip me fully. I hate to make comparisons, but Elton John in “Rocketman” was very very gripping to me as a character portrayal. In this we don’t get as much deep seeded emotion within an in-depth driven character story. This could be because Eddie was more private, but I don’t know him/his story very well.
As a biographical film, we hit all of the beats in a charming way. The humor hits and it’s a lot of fun! Its a film that is so inspirational and heartwarming that beside myself I grinned like an idiot the whole way through. Though the “cheese” factor gets a little high at points. Enough to the point where I felt a little disappointed in the formulaic script writing. Its “feel good” but almost to a fault. Apparently this movie was in production hell for 17 years or something like that? Though not unheard of, it might explain why they went for the more “conventional” writing methods during the creation of this.
There are many positives though. We get some really beautiful shots of snow, mountain peaks, slopes, real ski jumping, etc. Though some of the close-up shots of Taron definitely looked a little dodgy, it’s obvious that Taron didn’t’ do any of these stunts himself so it was necessary. I’m not saying this in a negative way at all, people train for years to do these very dangerous jumps. I loved the use of locations like parts of Germany and the UK to film, very crisp bright filmography. That paired with the very bubbly soundtrack made it feel lively.
Apparently, Hugh Jackman’s character is a complete work of fiction, though I understand why they created him for the sake of the film. Him being there didn’t take away from the real Eddie’s achievements. The screenwriter and director probably felt like they needed another main character to work off of Taron’s “Eddie”. I didn’t really feel like Christopher Walken’s character way necessary though at all, he just kind of shows up at the end of the film. Not that he’s portraying poor acting in this, it was just so out of nowhere.
Here’s my final thoughts. The movie is short and will make you feel good, warm and bubbly afterwards. So I can’t really complain about that! I wish for more depth, but not every movie needs that for me to enjoy it. I watched this with my dad and he is not an emotional person at all. He teared up and I was shocked! So it’s message and purpose was served.
Current Rating: 4/5 Shots Of Milk