Initially published for FilmDebate – 30th April 2016
Determined from a young age, Eddie Edwards has the dream of competing in the Winter Olympics. His father constantly undermines him, and team mates never accept him, but Eddie insists on travelling to across the world to pursue his aspiration. With drunken former champion Bronson Peary by his side, he makes sure nothing stands in his way to ensure he is part of the team and furthermore, Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic ski jumper.
Based on true life events, Taron Egerton leads the protagonist role of Eddie Edwards, an spectacular individual that possesses the biggest spirit and determination of any other character. After viewing, and being with him through his entire endeavour since he first discovered his true calling at the young age of ten, we become entirely captivated by his absolute sincerity and charm. We witness his achievements and rise to fame, along with his downfalls and complications, and can’t hep but sympathise and connect with his loveable characteristics. It’s such a strong character that brings hope and a sense of purpose to the audience that is undeniably admirable.
With it’s appealing 1980’s impression, the feature is wonderfully constructed, with the protagonist having to conquer against all odds just to achieve his own personal best. The tale is something that does deserve abundant amounts of recognition and praise, not just because it does mark a place in sporting history but also because its an account of one man accomplishing what seemed impossible in eyes of bystanders. His own father was one to attempt to denounce his strong willed confidence, yet even the constant interference fails to ever knock Eddie.
Rise to Victory
Managing to sustain comedic elements that delight and amuse over and over again, supported by a cast of interesting characters that doesn’t disappoint. It may seem to occasionally come across as daft at times, yet the entertainment factor overrides and allows this to succeed as an engaging and pleasing piece. It just aims to show a pitiful and helpless individual that possesses a lack of sporting talent, then rise to distinction through a mixture of conventional training montages and motivational speeches (or even discouraging speech in this case).
Director Dexter Fletcher does indeed exit masses amount of sunshine attitudes, particularly when Eddie’s persona is evaluated, which is then balanced with a multitude of obstacles that he just can’t seem to escape from. It proves to be a constant battle for our loveable protagonist, yet still sustains a enjoyable and rewarding journey.
As it is based from true life story of Eddie Edwards, we can come to realise that some parts would be overly accentuated and certain fragments are created to make a more fictional piece of cinema. One point that may be addressed is the problems Eddie confronted as a child. We see him faltered initially due to his troublesome knee, yet this is never properly confronted and explained.
Overall though, it works exceedingly well, producing a heart-warming and thoroughly entertaining picture that leaves audiences laughing, crying and grinning from ear to ear. Crowd-pleasing and highly motivating, it’s more than just a sport documentary.