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Movie Breakdown: Eddie The Eagle

February 25, 2016

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Taron Egerton starred in one of 2015′s slickest, sexiest and most fun films – Kingsmen: The Secret Service.  Now he’s the lead in what appears to be a cheeseball feel good story centered around a character who looks like he talks to himself a lot.  Who let this happen?  Also, why is Hugh Jackman taking part in such silliness?

Post-Screening Ramble:

I’m a huge sucker for sports movies.  Whether they’re good or bad, I always get caught up in them and then find myself exiting the theater with my fists in the air.  Even the recently released Race, which is a big mediocre pile of a film, made me want to head to the gym and watch other people run.  So, with that being said, you know it’s not good when I say that Eddie The Eagle did absolutely nothing for me.  I went in not knowing anything about Eddie Edwards (played like a less interesting Forrest Gump by Taron Egerton), and I left feeling as though I could have lived my whole life without ever knowing anything about him or his performance in the 1988 Winter Olympics.  Seriously, Eddie The Eagle is the most bland, uninspired, non-triumphant sports film I think I’ve ever seen, and I’m not sure I even have it in me to shrug my shoulders at it.  Do yourself a favor and spend your money on something else.

One Last Thought:

Eddie The Eagle features two bad lead performances, and I find it humorous that they’re terrible for completely different reasons.  On one hand there’s Hugh Jackman (Eddie’s coach), who totally mails it in and just lazily rehashes his character from Real Steel, and then on the flip side of that is Taron Egerton, who is clearly trying so hard that I couldn’t stop thinking about what Kirk Lazarus told Tugg Speedman in Tropic Thunder.

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