Flash Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle

As I walked into the conference room I saw most of the seats were filled with participants. There was energy in the air; the only way I could describe it was nervous anticipation. This was going to be a workshop with active participation. Most of the people I saw as I looked for a seat were talking and laughing; it seemed as if a lot of participants knew each other. At the edge of one of the many rows of lined up chairs sat an older man. Upon first glance he looked like he was sitting on a deserted island because no one else sat around him. In his lap was the same course materials everyone else had received. It struck me as odd that all the seats around him were empty. I decided to take one of the seats behind him and settled in as I pulled out my paperwork from my messenger bag. While I looked for this workshop’s outline I was able to hear the conversation from a small group seated a couple of seats down from me. Out of the corner of my eye I quickly realized their comments were about the older man. I do not think he realized their conversation was about him or if he did, there was no reaction on his part. It surprised and saddened me that anyone would question a person’s desire to learn something new. Just because he was older and did not “look” like the average participant was no reason to make fun of him. If you are wondering, I did walk over to them to express my feelings. No one has the right to squash another person’s dreams.    INSPIRED by true events Michael “Eddie” Edwards, played by Taron Egerton (Legend, Kingsman: The Secret Service), always wanted to be an Olympian since he was a little boy. No amount of bruises, broken bones or taunts would stop the strongest muscle in his body, his heart. This film festival winning comedic drama had a ready-made, feel good story. With Hugh Jackman (X-Men franchise, Pan) as Bronson Peary and Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys, The Deer Hunter) as Warren Sharp I did not recognize Taron at first. His acting made for a believable and lovable character. I enjoy an underdog type of story and only had wished the script was not so comical. It took away the authenticity of the characters in my opinion and the soundtrack did not provide any help either. There was a predictability to the script that did not allow for much character development. At one point it seemed as if I was just watching one sight gag after another; I was missing the drama to the story. I think what saved this film was indeed the incredible story and that is why I think the writers did not invest as much as they could in developing the story. Besides c’mon, who does not like to root for the underdog?

 

2 1/2 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 25, 2016, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. As a Brit who recalls the Eddie the Eagle story from back in the day, I admit I am bemused by it being turned into a movie. It’s definitely got to be an underdog tale. I do wonder if it has the necessary meat to merit a movie and it seems maybe it doesn’t since they’ve chosen to play it for comedy as much as your review indicates.

  2. Well, who does not like to root for the underdog? All those people who cheer for war against a country or a group that doesn’t have a hope in hell of winning when forced to fight back. Why do they cheer for war and not for the underdog? Because their beloved government has just told them that this helpless individual or group is the Devil incarnate and is hell bent on taking away all the good and great things their country provides them with, and protects for them: freedom and democracy, whatever that means: we got it, they want it and we gotta protect it or they’ll take it.

    Another way of looking at it: if the ‘underdog’ made a public or political stance against your pet beliefs, he’d get boo’ed and get death threats, not cheers. As long as the ‘underdog’ is safely harnessed in neutral space such as organized sports and s/he makes no overt comments against sacred beliefs, even if those beliefs just got her/his family wiped out in a drone attack… s/he can be hero of the moment. It’s all emotion and in the end it’s quite meaningless. There’s been lots of stories of underdogs over the years… and they’ve given rise to a river of tears… and made great book sales, and movie box office profits, but how have they changed the world, or even individuals? Not much, it appears. Just felt like throwing that out.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments. I cannot help but wonder if you lived in a place where free speech was not allowed? Let us keep rooting for the underdogs. And Have a wonderful Oscar weekend.

  3. That’s a great trailer. I’m gonna go watch it!

  4. Nice review. I want to know more about the guy in the workshop. What kind of workshop was it?

    • Hi Cynthia, the workshop was for fitness instructors; it involved working out besides lecture and discussion. Some people see an older person and immediately believe they will not get a hard workout–talk about assuming way too much. Thanks for the comments and happy Oscars weekend to you.

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