Eddie the Eagle


3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Cut from the Olympic ski team, British athlete Michael “Eddie” Edwards travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. Fate leads him to Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver. Impressed by Edwards’ spirit and determination, Peary agrees to train the young underdog. Despite an entire nation counting him out, Eddie’s never-say-die attitude takes him all the way to a historic and improbable showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.”

Not really sure what to say about this one.  While worth watching, this isn’t a movie that will keep you talking about it for days afterwards.  And don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it.  It’s lighthearted and funny with the good message of “never give up.”  I can’t place my finger on what it is that is missing from the movie, though.  I guess it was what I expected it to be.  Maybe it’s the fact that there wasn’t exactly a side plot, and the story felt kind of thin.  I don’t know.

Some more backstory on Eddie would’ve also been nice.  We get a bit of when he was a kid, growing up and dreaming of being in the olympics, but not enough that it made sense that he would do these things that were obviously SO dangerous.


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