This was directed by Dexter Fletcher. People sigh tolerantly as Eddie strives to attend the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as a ski jumper. The way he is considered and treated is hurtful as he meets all adversity despite hostile reactions and IOC plots against him. He faces constant rejection and castigation. The IOC feel existentially threatened by Eddie and vehemently deplore him as a weakling and a loser.
He’s striving and people are unfriendly and unaccommodating. The aggressively manly coach trains Eddie, who gets satisfaction and purpose in ambition, resilience and aspirational dreams. Disinterested bystanders lurk around. This is bombastic. Olympians are jerks to Eddie. He arrives at the Calgary 1988 Olympics alone and it’s all 1980s tack with obvious CGI. The crowd love Eddie.
This was also the year of the Jamaican bobsled team, who get a one line mention. Eddie’s excluded by the craven team who reek of venom and entitlement and spitefully see him as excruciating and embarrassing. This was sappy and not done with terrific gusto. He fires his coach who is a rationalist. Eddie is seen as a threat to social cohesion. The ex-coach somehow gets to Calgary and somehow is Eddie’s coach again. Christopher Walken makes a bizarre cameo. This was not terribly conducive to entertainment and has no emotional pull.
“Learn to plaster.”
“Bailiffs knocking on the door all hours of the day, taking away the sofa.”
“I’ll come back later.”
“That way back to England.”
“They’ve not updated the rules for 52 years.”
“Falling on his arse.”
“Questioning his right to be here.”
“The Eagle Has Landed!”
Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003)