It’s weird that two Olympic centered movies came out at the same time, but I saw them both and they both turned out quite well. “Eddie the Eagle” takes on a more lighthearted tone than “Race” did, but I think both films are worth seeing if you enjoy a good drama. My biggest complain for “Eddie the Eagle” would be the casting. It didn’t feel right to have an Australian actor playing the one American role in the film. Yes, Hugh Jackman is a great actor and he did an outstanding job in the role–but still, it’s the principle of the matter.
The “Eddie the Eagle” the acting was good, story good, there weren’t any dull moments that I can recall. I enjoyed the fact footage from the original Olympics was included and I’m pretty sure they filmed some of it on location. If they didn’t, well, they did a good job making it seem like they did. There were a few moments that came close to making me emotional, but for some reason they did come short. Not sure why, perhaps the moments were passed over too quickly and dulled by an attempt at humor.
All in all, “Eddie the Eagle” is a touching underdog story. It would have been nice if they’d explained more about what happened after the Olympics. It could have been included when they did the little captions summarizing the bits about what happened to the main characters afterwards, but that just means people will have to do their own research.
As for “Race,” this movie delivered exactly what the trailers promise. If you watch the trailer and the movie stirs your interest, then yes, you should go see it. The story was well told, even parts that could be boring are brought to life in a way that keeps the momentum of the film moving forward. You learn bits of history, although, its likely altered a bit for Hollywood. The center of the movie is racism and prejudice, but the topic is never overdone. This isn’t a movie where someone’s ideals are being forced down your throat. This is a film about what happened and it manages to stay fair and unbiased in my opinion. Nothing is glorified, but enough emotion is shown that you feel connected to the characters and you will likely pick your favorites to root for.
“Race” is one of the better movies I’ve seen lately, it gets a highly recommend from me for anyone who likes dramas and history. It’s kind of like, “Bridge of Spies” but centered on the Olympics. Same high standards in regards to acting and cinematography.