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Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.
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The overkill indicates an awareness that none of these would-be messages ring true.
It is both folk and fairy tale, but sort of irresistible. Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story, even if Eddie never quite won the riches.
The film's heart is in the right place, but Jackman and Walken are all wrong.
Eddie the Eagle tries to have it both ways with its main subject, simultaneously ridiculing and ennobling him. And, amazingly, it mostly works.
Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie's offbeat charm, turning him into an Asperger's afflicted champion of the undertrodden.
For every easy, eye-rolling bit, there's a moment of genuine emotion; the champion jumper's pre-climax speech on what matters in sport is downright joyful.
There are no revolutionary changes made to the underdog formula, but the movie is special in that it celebrates the pride one finds in the simple act of participation.
It's a fun little dramedy that offers some laughs and some triumphs and some big sappy feelings, nothing more. And what's wrong with that?
It's fluff, but it's charming fluff that ultimately works well.
Eddie the Eagle is far from perfect, but I'll be damned if it didn't charm my socks off.
The predictability can be a turn-off to some and even the feel-good and wholesome tone can be a bit much but overall, Eddie the Eagle is a fun time.
There are better sports movies out there, but despite its many flaws, Eddie the Eagle has enough moments when it soars to provide what adds up to a pretty good time, which also makes us want to know more about the real person.
It's a sports comedy based on real events taking a lot of liberties in telling Eddie's story. That makes for a ride that is as manipulative and predictable as it is enjoyable, thanks to a great leading man and a direction that pretty much knew what it set out to do. Sure, some parts could have been a bit less silly and with more basis in reality, but the result is still lovable and touching fun.
The kind of inspirational story in which we know everything that is going to happen but still we happily embrace the clichés that make it seem like a delicious throwback to the '80s (the music is great), and Egerton has so much charisma that we can't help but fall in love with his character.
Eddie the Eagle all works together in a rather campy, but loving tribute. My lack of familiarity with the actual man is a benefit because Edgerton's performance never rang false. It's an odd characterization. Taron Edgerton dons big glasses and affects an underbite to play the gawky athlete. He mercilessly hams it up playing up Eddie's little eccentricities. Occasionally the portrait verges on caricature. However Eddie is so likable and sweet that you forgive the affectations. What comes through is a genuine soul who just wanted to compete so badly. That Edgerton makes us understand this man without resorting to ridicule is kind of miraculous. His sincerity, much like the real life Eddie the Eagle, won me over.
Hundreds, maybe even thousands of biopics are released on a yearly basis. Many of them are dark and serious to get the point across, while others are fact based and exist solely for schooling purposes. It is very rare that a biopic is created for average moviegoers to have fun escapism, but look no further. "Eddie The Eagle" is that and so much more. Following the life of Eddie Edwards, beginning from his early childhood years of having bad knees, we see the progression of what will go down in history as a man with true love for the sport and nothing more. As he fails and fails, comedy, drama, and many feel-good moments, leap off the screen.
"Eddie The Eagle" is the type of film that will have you smiling the whole way through, even though you will be admitting you have seen underdog stories like this many times before. Taron Egerton (of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame) shines brightly as the title character, making for a very believable film overall. Hugh Jackman as his counterpart was screaming chemistry and I had a blast watching their on-screen connection. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed for it's visibly low budget, this film definitely warrants a recommendation.
The films biggest issue (although I do not mind it very much) is that it feels a "been-there done-that" at times, even though those moments are very well executed, which is all that mattered to me. Overall, if you are looking for a feel-good movie, this is a very fun and easy watch. I can not recommend this film enough, for both entertainment value and emotional impact. "Eddie The Eagle" is a very effective film that moviegoers of all ages will likely enjoy. Treat yourself to this film.
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