Arguably one of the most triumphant uses of Van Halen's "Jump" I ever heard in film (was crossing my fingers for it the whole time). For a film where everything you expect to happen does indeed happen sooner or later, it's sure is a lot of fun, largely thanks to its two charismatic leads and its slick editing/visual style. Color me sold on Matthew Vaughn's production company.
3.5/5. This film is one massive compliment to cliché'd and heartwarming popcorn movies. People who expect it to be anything else simply do not believe and/or understand how self-conscious and intentional every close up is, every twang of its perfectly timed and sentimental score is, every line of predictable dialogue is. It's so simple, but it's nice. That's both my favorite and least favorite thing about it.
Now this is how you make a great crowd-pleaser. Sure it's a cliched, formulated, based on a true story film that fudges the facts and holds almost no surprises BUT GOD DAMN what a fun film! Eddie soars due to it's beautiful cinematography, period aethestics, sense of humor, and committed performances. This feels at home with Mathew Vaughn's other creations - in other words fun, exuberant, and always creative.
Taron and Jackman are both great. Call it a clichéd film, but it still works. Christopher Walken's appearance though is almost comical. It's like his dramatic moment can't be taken seriously. But overall, a nice lighthearted picture.