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694. Eddie the Eagle

Published September 10, 2016

Background info

Title: Eddie the Eagle Director: Dexter Fletcher Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 46m

“Inspired by the incredible true story, Eddie The Eagle is the feel-good British comedy of the year. Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), is the unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of a nation by making an improbable and historic jump at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From the producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the lovable underdog with a never say die attitude. Adored by critics and audiences alike, Eddie is the hilarious comedy that will warm your heart this year.”

Live blog

1:19 – Leg braces like Forest Gump. Run, Eddie, run. 2:04 – “He’s off to the Olympics again…” 4:20 – Pole vault always looks dangerous, it wouldn’t be my first choice by any stretch. 11:24 – You can actually see the lightbulb flicking on in his mind. 13:21 – I’m loving his impetuousness just a little bit. “Going to Germany.” Wha! 19:16 – “You’re not the first ski jumper to wake up in my cupboard.” 20:46 – After one jump, he’s ready for the bigger one. 24:49 – My god, how many bruises must he have at this point. 30:26 – It is vaguely nice to think of a community like this, that all love the same sport. 32:17 – The jumping paradox. 37:14 – “I think I’m ready for the 70m .” After one landing! 40:18 – Why didn’t I ever realise how high these jumps were? 42:56 – It must be so weird to read about yourself in a book. 49:22 – A new British record! I didn’t think Eddie was any good at stuff. 52:01 – “We will not have amateurs in the Olympics.” Oof. 54:36 – Loving the mum. 58:10 – That training looks really tough! Fun though. 1:06:30 – It is hard to understand the mentality of just wanting to do it, regardless of competitiveness. 1:15:44 – It’s all about the personal achievements! 1:24:29 – “I don’t know what I was thinking.” Cute! 1:40:01 – Best jumpers in the world.

Conclusions

Loved this. I didn’t actually know the full story of Eddie the Eagle, only that he was an Olympic hero for NOT being very good. Post-film trivia suggests this film takes big liberties with the story, but the fundamentals are there.

You can see what they’ve added to the film - the fictional coach, the heart-warming alcohol recovery story, all the rivalries coming good in the end - basically everything that pulls at the heart strings.

I really enjoyed it. Tarun was incredible, loved the gruffness of Hugh, and Eddie’s parents made a great pair offering support and a lack of it at crucial moments.

Rating: 5/5.

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