Having only a few films to his name at the time of writing, it’s surprising how big of an impact Taron Egerton has already made on my viewing experiences. He’s incredibly well suited to his role as Eggsy in the Kingsman series, having since announced he’ll be retiring from the series after the third instalment. His leading role in Rocketman looks promising and although Sing was unbearably horrible, he didn’t destroy my confidence in him as a performer. So, why didn’t I like him in Eddie the Eagle?
I think the main issue I’m beginning to hold with biopics is that I’m not giving myself enough time to research or at least read up on the subject at hand. Biopics are often very focused, niche pieces of film. I’ve only recently began to watch Love and Mercy, after weeks of contemplating it, reading up on The Beach Boys and listening to their music. But preparation to this extent should never really be needed, the biopic feature itself should be able to convey the entire story.
Eddie the Eagle may be a name those born in the 1970s recognise. I only come to this conclusion having watched part of this movie with family, who said Egerton looked eerily similar to the real-life ski jumping hopeful. Egerton is fine in his role throughout, unfortunately not reaching the heights of his other performances and somewhat bores me by the middle of the second act.
The supporting cast fare no better, with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken rounding off a notably poor Egerton performance. Jackman in particular fails to really do anything, and Walken is his old wacky self as per usual. Their performances are forgettable, and in only a few years time people will have forgotten they ever took part in the Dexter Fletcher directed biopic.
Fletcher’s direction is fine. His work here has me considerably sedated for his upcoming Rocketman. While not exactly providing anything amazing, he doesn’t exactly cock anything up either. There’s one really cringe inducing scene where Chuck Berghorn (Hugh Jackman) lights a cigarette, takes a puff, throws it down and then aces a 90 foot landing. It comes out of nowhere, and I don’t really know why it was included in the movie. It was embarrassingly strange.
It’s that whole “if I believe I can do it” mentality that Eddie holds throughout the movie that’s well rounded though. Consistently believable, even if I do disagree with that attitude to life myself. Egerton is dull yet at the same time manages to catapult that loveably smug message into the forefront of the viewers mind. It’s that message, then, that may keep you sticking around until the very end of the movie.