Eddie the Eagle: Alles ist möglich (2015)

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Eddie the Eagle: Alles ist möglich: Directed by Dexter Fletcher. With Tom Costello, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Dickon Tolson. The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

“First of all, I have to say that Iu0026#39;m generally not a fan of biopics, they just arenu0026#39;t the type of movie I seek out. I got tickets to the sneak preview and my wife really wanted to go. Anyway, that preamble out of the way, I really did enjoy the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEddie the Eagle is a story about an underdog in every sense of the word. One theme that is repeated throughout the movie, is the quote from Pierre de Coubertin (father of the modern Olympics), u0026quot;The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.u0026quot; The story follows Eddie from the time heu0026#39;s a little kid with dreams of going to the Olympics. It follows him through his many assorted set-backs, and all the people around him who saw only failure in his future. It also shows the moments when he got helping hands when he most needed it. This movie is about his struggle.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe casting in the movie was quite good. I remember Eddie the Eagle from TV when I was young, and Taron Egerton does an excellent job in the role of Eddie. Hugh Jackman puts in a good performance as the coach Bronson Peary, and manages not to overpower Eddieu0026#39;s character. But while Taron Egerton really assumes the part of Eddie, a lot of Hugh Jackman leaks into his role as coach Peary.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe roles of Eddieu0026#39;s parents are also well played, and the actress playing his mother, Jo Hartley, gives a particularly poignant portrayal. The father, played by Keith Allen (currently uncredited on IMDb) is a bit of a caricature, but well acted. Actually, a lot of the supporting cast of characters are caricatures, especially the other ski-jumpers/coaches and the British Olympians/Olympic Committee. But to an extent that serves to emphasize the struggle for Eddie. Also, for those intent on seeing this film for Christopher Walked, he has a very small role.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile, I have emphasized the struggle aspect of the story, there is a lot of comedy thrown into the mix as well. The tone is upbeat throughout, even when Eddie has setbacks. While some of the failures are played for laughs (mostly early in the film), itu0026#39;s mostly Eddieu0026#39;s perseverance that makes this film endearing. It also feels like weu0026#39;re laughing with Eddie rather than at him, since it seems Eddieu0026#39;s in on the joke.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf youu0026#39;re on the fence about seeing this movie, I say give it a shot.”


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