Review in Brief: Eddie the Eagle (2016)

EDDIE THE EAGLE does exactly what it needs to do. It’s undemanding and feelgood, and wisely doesn’t claim Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) changed sport in any lasting way (he didn’t). Eddie himself even admits that he is only allowed to compete because Olympic officials couldn’t be bothered to change the rules for qualification for half a century.The ski-jumping scenes are visceral and exciting, making great use of Gopro-style cameras to capture the fear and adrenaline of the athletes. Matthew Margeson’s Vangelis-riffing soundtrack in reassuringly 80s. The sporting movie clichés are out in force, with early success halted by a grievous career-threatening injury, the team have their fallouts and there’s at least three training montages. Olympic sport has become institutionalised, officially sanctioned and without colourful madmen, and that’s a real shame, but telling the stories of these quirky and unique talents still has appeal, especially when it’s presented in such a likeable fashion. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Spike Jonze, Rian Johnson and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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