Presented by James M. Tate / 3/16/2016 / No comments / christopher walken , feel-good , hugh jackman , sport
REVIEW OF EDDIE THE EAGLE
|A somewhat belated review of a movie to take the family and kids to... or wait a few weeks to stream on your television.|
|Eddie The Eagle Poster|
With far more cons than pros, the real problem with this biopic, based on Eddie along with his nickname, hence EDDIE THE EAGLE since he flapped his arms like a bird after his first big Olympic win, is that it's just so darn Feel-Good, we hardly get to know the main character beyond his big smiling moon-face with glasses and/or goggles...
Eddie's downright one-dimensional as a cinema "character," to say the very least, unlike the aforementioned Rudy, who we experienced the ups, downs, and all-around torturous heartbreak as a human being, and not just a dreamer whose dreams come true, much too easily...
|Eddie the Eagle|
TRIVIA: For a James Bond movie that has some great Snow Skiing sport action shots including assassinations during the Olympics, check out (and read the Cult Film Freak review of) FOR YOUR EYES ONLY • "The agony of defeat," a sentenced mentioned in the review, is an iconic line from THE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS opening narration when they show a skier biting the dust... or rather, the snow • The Plaster not Plastics is an "inside joke" to movie buffs relating to THE GRADUATE starring another movie underdog played by Dustin Hoffman... by the way, thanks for putting up with so much pop culture in these reviews, for it just cannot be helped • Beware, Christopher Walken fans, don't get your hopes up... he's hardy in the piece at all • In CHARIOTS OF FIRE, the masterpiece Oscar Winner from 1981, the Olympic Committee doesn't want to listen to one of the main characters like they ignore Eddie, but at least they saw that Scottish athlete as legitimate • For the few who don't know, RUDY starred LORD OF THE RINGS second-banana Hobbit and, at that point, just-grown GOONIES child actor Sean Astin, about a kid dying (not literally, but almost) to be part of the Notre Dame football team, first having to make the grades to go to the school, and remain there • For people into great and obscure classic rock music; on the opposite side of Van Halen's pop hit JUMP, while Jackman's character does a run to prove his former worth, a very obscure Thin Lizzy track, COWBOY SONG, blares awesomely... and it's quite nice hearing an unknown Lizzy tune instead of the overplayed BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN... few people know how great that band really was • And while this is a true story, it's said to be "inspired by actual events," and Eddie Edwards is his name, in the movie... But in real life, Eddie is actually the nickname for his last name, "Eddie," and his first name is Michael.