The Reason Why a Liberal Secretly Recorded Justice Alito Is Beyond Creepy
James Carville Concedes There's One Voter Bloc Dems Are Absolutely Going to Lose
Joe Rogan's Response to the Trump Guilty Verdict Is Spot-on
Supreme Court Says ATF Exceeded Its Authority With Bump Stock Rule
'China's Going to Hate It': How States Are Preparing for War in the...
The West Is Sick of the New Woke Jihadism
Preserving the 'Farm' in Farm Bill
New York Democrat Sounds the Alarm About Terror Threat From Southern Border
There's Been an Update Regarding the Hunter Biden Laptop Lawsuit Against Rudy Giuliani
Hillary Clinton Angers Progressives With Latest Endorsement
Biden Says He Won't Pardon Hunter, but Will He Commute His Son's Sentence?
‘Record High’ of Americans Would Only Support Candidate With Their Abortion Views
Election Forecaster Makes Several Race Changes in Favor of Republicans
The American Troubles
The Numbers Don’t Lie: Americans’ Purchasing Power Is Down Under Biden
OPINION

Eddie the Eagle Review: The Human Spirit soars in this inspiring drama

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

One of the most interesting aspects of the new sports drama Eddie the Eagle is that the film both follows the traditions of uplifting sports films while candidly rejecting them. In many sports movies about individuals, the hero trains for months — if not years — for a big event. There are roadblocks along the way but the hero is able to overcome them and makes it to the final battle. Last year, Creedwas a tremendous example of that formula’s success.

Advertisement

Eddie the Eagle doesn’t follow that formula.

Eddie Edwards, played here nicely by the underrated Taron Egerton, didn’t want to be a ski jumper when he was growing up in England. He simply wanted to be an Olympian. Despite the fact that he wasn’t coordinated and his father derided him by saying “you are not an athlete,” Edwards wanted to compete in the Olympics no matter what. The feature begins by showing Edwards trying out different sports. None of them take. His closest call comes when he nearly makes it to the country’s 1988 Olympics skiing team but that plan falters as well.

After discovering the sport of ski jumping and — more importantly — the lack of English competitors in the sport, Edwards takes up the sport. In a field where some of the best competitors started training when they were six, Edwards starts jumping when he’s 22. Edwards eventually enlists the support of Bronson Perry (Hugh Jackman), a former Olympic athlete who had once been trained under the tutelage of acclaimed ski jumper Warren Sharp (Christopher Walken).

Screenwriters Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton feature Eddie as the main character here but Perry’s background with Sharp is responsible for the more traditional sports story. Perry was a born athlete who was never able to fulfill his potential at the Olympics, much to Sharp’s disappointment. Perry is the one who would’ve been the star of a more traditional sports story but here, he’s the supporting player. His story of redemption plays out in the background as Edwards journeys to the Olympics.

Advertisement

Because he is not a traditional athlete, Edwards faces a unique type of criticism at the Olympics. Some viewers think he is making a mockery of the sport of ski jumping while others think he’s a sideshow clown. To his credit, director Dexter Fletcher captures the different views of Edwards.

There are traditional villains here — a coach who mocks Edwards and a fellow athlete who tricks him — but there’s also an awareness that there were some reasonable critics of Edwards, who judged him without knowing what was in his heart.

When Edwards makes a major decision in the drama’s third act, it truly shows that he really does love the sport of ski jumping. He himself knows the media backlash he’s faced and he’s prepared to prove himself to show who he really is and more importantly, who he wants to be.

Admittedly, the film does have its faults. At times, Fletcher’s direction of the jumps are a little distracting with the camera zooming in dispassionately at the faces of the athletes but overall, the sports drama works extremely well. It doesn’t have a traditional ending but Edwards’ story didn’t have a traditional beginning either.

Advertisement

“I was kicked off every team I was ever on before I had the chance to prove myself,” he says and Eddie the Eagle provides a kind-hearted showcase that reveals this athlete proving himself both to his fellow athletes and to the world.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos