(This review may contain spoilers).
When I saw this film originally advertised, I was quite interested, even though I haven’t had a lot of interest in the Olympic Games. I do like movies with a feel-good atmosphere, though, and that was the impression I got from the trailers.
I liked being able to watch Eddie as a child and how focused he was on his dream of being part of the Olympics. I thought his relationship with his mother was sweet… though I didn’t really think his father was very supportive of him.
I really liked seeing Eddie’s awkward interactions with the others. There were some really amusing scenes in this movie… but also a lot of them where I found myself on the edge of my seat and watching avidly.
It was interesting to see Peary and learn about his past with the ski-jumping. I felt a lot of sympathy for him in this movie and since I particularly like Hugh Jackman as an actor, I enjoyed seeing him in this role.
I felt a lot of sympathy for Eddie, especially when it came to the British Olympic committee. I couldn’t tell if it was just Eddie they didn’t like… but I really didn’t like the way he was treated by the others. I did like the fact that he wouldn’t drink alcohol… but I did find myself cringing at various moments in the movie.
I really didn’t like Mattie and the way he treated Eddie at the beginning. Even though he made another appearance later on and seemed better then, I still really didn’t like him.
There was a lot of really nice imagery in this movie and I especially liked the jumps. I thought a lot of them looked really beautiful. And I did like the fact that the dangers in ski jumping were clearly shown.
I did especially like the ending of this movie and it kept me watching throughout. I don’t think I’d buy it on DVD any time soon, but it’s a movie I wouldn’t mind seeing again.