White Cool Runnings.
That’s the three word summary I’d give to anyone who asks me: “Wot’s dat Eddie the Eagle about ‘den? It about some sorta aminated bird or summut?”
Yes, while the similarities between the two are inevitable, Eddie the Eagle still manages to be entertaining, charming and, indeed, even funny.
Taron Egerton, after blowing minds in spectacular fashion in Kingsman, gives another standout performance as the titular Eddie Edwards, who just won’t give up, how relatable, lovely and wonderful, not to mention utterly predictable. Yes, yes it was based on real life. Yes, yes the real Eddie the Eagle was like that. Yes, yes I’m being overly critical. However, it did kinda suck some of the life out of his on screen interactions with other characters, spewing out more inspirational quotes than one of my whole school assemblies (that was an alienating in-joke if you didn’t know). What pumped some of the life back in to it, however, was his naivety to everything, from the saunas to the overly sexual training with Wolverine himself, but we’ll get to him a little later (tee-hee), making for some very funny moments.
Hugh Jackman was alright as the trainer guy coach thing. He just played an disgraced trainer with former glory who has since been shamed by his own actions. Remind you of anyone?
That being said, he did play him well and was a nice juxtaposition to the innocence of Egerton’s character. That is what you call credit where credit is due, dear friends.
Surprisingly, a factor that was particularly good, in my experience anyway, was the film’s visuals. For what it was, a biographical family comedy set in the 80s, there was some striking slow motion shots, taking me aback at points. You’d expect this more from a more adult orientated action sci-fi extravaganza, not unlike Hardcore Henry, which I plan on watching the balls off of when it comes out, but not a film of this class.
I also respected the loyalty shown to the source material, with the inside of houses and buildings dressed with immaculate attention to detail, sure to bring up that warm, fuzzy blanket of nostalgia for those brought up around those times. Even replicating the resolution of camera used for some of the televised segments which added a level of submersion.
Bit of a naff ending though, I won’t spoil anything for ya, just don’t get your hopes up.
To summarise: Overall, Eddie the Eagle is a lovely and entertaining film, led by a great Taron Egerton turn and some impressive visuals, and punctuated with a Christopher Walken cameo that made me wee myself a bit. Only let down with a disappointing conclusion and some predictable “underdog” tropes, borrowing heavily from Cool Runnings, which it also referenced (again, a bit o’ wee). Got that Batman vs Superman taste out of my mouth though, so that’s nice.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations