“Eddie the Eagle” uplifts audience
Like any typical sports movie, â€śEddie the Eagleâ€ť follows the story of an underdog who eventually emerges victorious through the power of determination and sheer willpower. The movie is based on the true story of Michael â€śEddie the Eagleâ€ť Edwards, Britainâ€™s first representative in Olympic ski jumping.
The movie follows Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) and his path to Olympic success. Despite facing rejection from his father and the stubborn British Olympic Association that refuses to take him as a competitor, Eddie continues to pursue his dream of Olympic glory and is coached by U.S. former ski jumping champion Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman). The unlikely duo pushes forward, and eventually, Eddie breaks the British ski jumping record in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The movie, though inspirational, feels like a prolonged motivational training montage. Itâ€™s entertaining to see Pearyâ€™s unconventional training methods and Eddieâ€™s undying determination, but after a while, the movie begins to feel dull.The scenes in which Eddie competes at regional tournaments to work his way up to the Olympics grow stale, although that could be because ski jumping is a rather repetitive sport.
However, the two main characters and their bond make the movie significantly more interesting. Jackman does an excellent job playing the drunk, crass and irritable Bronson Peary with a soft side for his student. Egerton also plays his character well, skillfully conveying Eddieâ€™s awkward personality through silly facial expressions and actions. The teacher-student relationship between the two drives the movie forward with their contrasting personalities.
On the other hand, many of the side characters remain underdeveloped. The audience gets to explore Pearyâ€™s dark backstory and witness Eddieâ€™s growth from childhood to adulthood. But other minor characters, such as world ski jumping champion and Eddieâ€™s competitor Matti NyĂ¤nken (Edvin Endre), make sudden appearances with little context. The sole purpose of the side characters is to enhance the stories of the main characters, and their lack of development makes it feel as if parts of the movie are missing.
The central, straightforward theme of the movie is that hard work and perseverance can accomplish anything. Unfortunately, there isnâ€™t much more to the movie beyond that. The two main characters and their rise to success was enjoyable and inspiring, but going to the theater to watch it wasnâ€™t really worth the time. Overall, â€śEddie the Eagleâ€ť is a simple feel-good flick that will warm your heart with a lovable hero who forged his dreams into reality.
By Natalie Jiang, Staff writer
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