Underdog Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards beat the odds to make history as an Olympic ski jumper. It’s a sweet story. All the makings for a movie. Unfortunately, movies can’t leave well enough alone. Instead of just sweet, “Eddie the Eagle” (2016) gets infused with high fructose corn syrup, emulsifiers and xanthan gum (whatever that is). Eddie’s unique story gets refabricated to resemble every other formulaic sports movie ever made, with the pep talks, speeches, father-son conflict, the coach with something to prove, the horny fraulein manager at the biergarten, blah, blah, blah. (Wait! What? Before the blah, blah, blah part.)

 

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