Eddie The Eagle: Review / by Kenneth Buff

Eddie The Eagle is a biographical sports drama about Eddie Edwards, Britain's first Olympic ski jumper. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Edward's coach, and Taron Egerton as Edwards.

Anyone who has seen the previews or the poster probably identified this as one of those February stinkers. One of those movies that's so bad it's dropped off in the worst movie month of the year. I mean, how could you think any differently? The trailer's and advertising are so over the top it's hard to take it seriously. The strangest thing about the movie is that it, like it's trailers, is very over the top, but somehow it still managers to work. It's heavy-handed half-glass full attitude manages to come off passably sincere, and its lead performances are endearing. That's not to say that there isn't a whole lot of corn kettles in this movie, because there definitely are. The soundtrack is on an endless loop, never (and I literally mean never) giving us a break for a quiet moment, and some more series subjects, like alcoholism and injury don't come off as dark as they should, because this movie exists outside of real life (it's like a Life Time movie in that way, only much, much better) and in many ways it could be viewed as a fantasy, which is odd, since it's a true story.

Overall, it's an enjoyable film, and if you've been waiting for the next Cool Runnings, this is probably as close as we're going to get. It's a fun, albeit corny, inspirational sports movie with everyone's favorite Wolverine in the John Candy. What's not to like?