The movie, Eddie the Eagle, by Dexter Fletcher is a classic example of a self-made athlete. His efforts to make it at the summer games Olympics coupled with his diehard spirit is ultimately meant to attest to his prowess at getting things done. The Olympic games and his ability to identify a sport such as ski jumping, which apparently happens to be a sport neglected by the British officials for a period of six years, is powerful enough to attest to his great courage and dedication. This paper meticulously analyses the movie Eddie the Eagle and brings into light new premises and lines of thought while broadcasting the importance of dedication with regards to love of sport. Aptly put, where there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Britain is a country made up of citizens of courage and great determination. The history of Britain when it comes to the Olympics has been hailed by great athletes with Eddie Edwards posing as one of the most stand out heroes of the time. The history of Eddie Edwards reveals struggle and discouragement from parents. The efforts that he has put towards his success as a ski jumper has been weighed down by uncooperative parent – one who thrives on discouraging his son and scorning him to ensure that he does not make it in his toils. At one point, the coach Peary discourages him from participating in the Olympics stating that he was going to make a fool out of himself at the games. The British Olympic officials and his team members discourage him and belittle his efforts which are aimed at making it. The success story behind Eddie Edwards the eagle is a story of a self – made athlete who identifies his opportunities and works towards achieving success regardless of the negative remarks that come from his most trusted acquaintances.
Moreover, the infamous desire to participate at the Olympics games and represent his beloved country was unwavering. Eddie concentrated on ending his battles as a ski jumper at the Olympics knowing so well that the odds for his losing were too high, the only consolation that he had was the gratification of participating in the Olympics even if it meant becoming last at the games. The quality of training that Eddie Edwards is given is dismal and from individuals perceived as former renegades of the same games and those who were out of touch with his preferred sport for decades. This placed Eddie Edwards at the pedestal.
Nevertheless, the script writer and the scene designs of the movie reveal great talent. The music that is played at every single stage of the movie glues the audience to the screen anticipating the best to suffice out of Eddie Edwards efforts. The plot and the construct of the movie has achieved a high degree of accuracy in anticipating the outcome of the entire film. The setting of the movie is so authentic and up to date with the level of technology of ancient Britain with the reality setting in the film with adept actors who have a feeling to develop the plot and attain the desired plot of revealing Eddie Edwards as the script hero.
The courage and dedication of Eddie Edwards in ski jumping can be exhibited in the milestones that were being created and himself finding it easy to beat the odds. For one, he faced opposition and at one point got hurt in the practice process. The qualifier of the ski diving Olympics was raised for the purpose of seeing him out of the Olympics games to 61 metres. Despite the sudden increase in the Olympic qualifier hallmark, Eddie managed to make it to the Olympics by attaining the new vindictive limit (Morrow, 2016, P.39). This acts as a way to cheer up and proclaim to the entire world that, with positive attitude greater things can be achieved, many at times, our limits are dictated by ourselves and the belief that we do have in our abilities.
The script achieves great creativity in gluing the audience and exhibiting the history of ski jumping as a sport in Britain. The constructs of the film is based on the sound effects that play as ways of capturing attention and saddening at times. Eddie Edwards is a representation of great strength in the movie. Characters like his renegade couch, Peary explaining, “You will make a fool out of yourself.” This creates great admiration for the movie drawing the attention of the audience. The expectation is that Eddie should make it in his toils to prove those who vilify him wrong. This film is surely a great exhibit of the British history in the Olympics.
Eddie Edwards has achieved great success and become the pride of Britain despite the meticulous efforts aimed at discouraging his steps. Moreover, parental advice and encouragement plays a vital role in giving psyche and morale to make it. Eddie’s mother was very instrumental in encouraging him in his strides as opposed to the father who discouraged his dreams and made him feel inadequate. The authenticity of the movie reveals a great deal of innovation and the plot is rich revealing the sportsman spirit. Simply, Eddie the Eagle is a movie to watch.
Success is a step that involves many team players. There are critics who assist individuals in identifying their shortcomings and polishing them with the sole purpose of making them strong point. Nevertheless, there are those who act as an inspiration proving worthy efforts and aiding in standing tall whenever athletes stumble. Eddie Edwards is a perfect example of a self – made athlete and a solid proof of the proverbial clause, “sky is the limit.” Regardless of the shortcomings that proved his eminent dismal performance at the Olympics, he made great strides in qualifying to attend the events and representing his esteemed nation (Britain) in the event. His poise and positive attitude – accepting criticism and working towards a better self – is a virtue of performer athletes.
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Eddie the Eagle. William Morrow & Co, 2016. Print.