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Eddie the Eagle
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08.09.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Dexter Fletcher

Actors:
Taron Egerton
Hugh Jackman
Christopher Walken

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Based on the story of Michael "Eddie" Edwards, a tenacious British underdog ski jumper who was far from the best but charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As the story goes, producer Matthew Vaughn was watching Cool Runnings with his family when asked, "Why don't they make movies like that anymore?" Citing this as inspiration, Vaughn (of Kick Ass and Kingsman fame) sought to make a feel-good flick and brought along director Dexter Fletcher for the ride.

The film opens with a montage (that the composer refers to as "The Overture") which sums up the film pretty well. We see Eddie as a kid, hopelessly training while constantly injuring himself in various outdoor activities. Coupled with the uplifting 80s-sounding score, it's a sweet look at someone refusing to give up on his dream of competing in the Olympics. The film then transitions to Eddie as an adult, portrayed by Taron Egerton. His portrayal is fine, but giving how willing the film is to gloss over Eddie's actual ski jump experience, the character honestly comes off more "mentally challenged" than "underdog." It's one of several factors of this movie that undermine the real story. The second would be Hugh Jackman's character.

In real life, Eddie cycled through several trainers. For the film, they decided to condense all of them down to one. That's all fine and good, as Jackman and Egerton have solid chemistry together, but Hugh is given a very typical story that you'd expect from "the reluctant coach". Much like Cool Runnings, we're witness to a talented failure who's turned to drinking his days away. Will he give up the drink, train Eddie and learn a few things about friendship along the way? You betcha!

The film is unapologetic in how saccharine it wants to be from time to time, but the blueprint feels like paint-by-numbers. There are no surprises in store for the audience, and little actual depth given to the characters. It's an easy film to watch, and mostly enjoyable, but it's obvious how hard they were trying with this one. In the end this all results in an okay movie that won't really stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
THE EXTRAS
Let the Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle (46:43): Three featurettes are combined into one that cover every aspect that you'd want to have covered about this film. From inception to completion, to the camaraderie between Hugh and Taron to the actual ski jumpers who made this possible, I'd argue that this is probably MORE than you're willing to invest in a film of this kind. Again, it's kind of obvious how hard they were trying to emulate Cool Runnings' success, rather than concerning themselves with creating a compelling film with its own identity. Fortunately, the interview segments with the real Michael Edwards provide a fun and insightful look at the man behind it all.

Gallery: I honestly didn't know that they still did these, but for your viewing pleasure, there's a gallery of about 70 images from production in case you just can't get enough of this shit!

The disc also includes the theatrical trailer for the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While the film may not be as gripping and inspirational as it sets out to be, it's an easy 100 minutes to get through with some actors who are fun to watch bounce off of each other. It may not win over the more cynical, or those looking for something different, but it's an adequately told story. The Blu-ray's features make it obvious that the filmmakers were trying too hard, but this is a safe rental if you're looking for something a little more light-hearted than the usual fare.
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1:00PM on 08/09/2016
I had an off day when this was out and no kids or responsibilities that day and nothing really good was playing. I'm glad I checked it out and really enjoyed it. Hugh and Taron played really well off one another and in comparison to the roles we usually see these gents, it was a nice change of pace.
I had an off day when this was out and no kids or responsibilities that day and nothing really good was playing. I'm glad I checked it out and really enjoyed it. Hugh and Taron played really well off one another and in comparison to the roles we usually see these gents, it was a nice change of pace.
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11:43AM on 08/09/2016

I didn't realize I could watch this now

Checking it out today. I love him and am excited for this!
Checking it out today. I love him and am excited for this!
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