If you're short on time let me get right to the point for you. Eddie the Eagle is one of the most entertaining and uplifting underdog stories that has come out in recent memory. It may be light on the drama but it makes up for it with sheer heart and determination.
Now that we got that out of the way, lets get into the nuts and bolts. Eddie the Eagle is the story of Michael Edwards. A man who had the simple but ambitious dream of being an Olympian. Made more so by the fact that he had knee issues when growing up and was spectacularly un-athletic. This never stopped him and he achieved his dream by ski-jumping in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
There were two things that really stood out to me in this film. The lack of drama and the charismatic chemistry between the two leads, Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerteron.
When I say lack of drama, I mean there is no greater struggle that really stands out. Take Remember the Titans, which is possibly one of the best sports films ever made. Titans is your conventional sports drama that gets elevated by larger racially charged backdrop. Eddie the Eagle has no such luck. In fact it's lack of drama is one of it's greatest strengths.
This lack of drama allows for a more innocent tale. While our hero isn't facing off against some larger problem or issue, he does face off against his numerous doubters. Which includes is own damn father who needs to get with the picture. Constantly, he is told he can't but gosh darn it all doesn't he just put his head down and keep moving forward. This in turn allows for a lot more funnier or down-right adorable moments. The kind where you can't help but get a little smile on your face.
Of course, with two leading men like Hugh and Taron, you're bound to get an entertaining film. Without these two this film would have fallen very flat. But their sheer combined charisma and performances make the funny moments funnier, solemn moments more solemn, and makes the triumphs that much sweeter.
Honestly, Hugh and Taron are so good together on screen I hope we get to see them paired up again. With Taron portraying the awkwardly adorkable Eddie and Hugh the cynical drunk coach Bronson, they perfectly complement each other.
The one problem also comes from this lack of drama. Never does the film take an unexpected turn or leave you wondering whether or not Eddie will succeed. It always takes the more tried and true tropes abundant in these underdog stories.
So, while this film might not be the most dramatically engaging, by the time you walk out of the theater you're going to feel so inspired you won't even care. If you don't, then you might be a robot and should probably get that checked out.