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Soundtrack review: Eddie the Eagle (Matthew Margeson – 2016)

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Feel good, optimistic, nostalgic and brilliant, “Eddie the Eagle” will be among the best scores of 2016 no matter what happens from now on.

“Eddie the Eagle” is a 2016 British-American biographical sports dramedy film directed by Dexter Fletcher with a screenplay by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton. The film stars Taron Egerton as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken also star. I used to follow this sport. I guess this is another fun story from the Calgary Olympics which also gave us the Jamaican bobsled team and the charming movie “Cool runnings”. That movie was scored by Hans Zimmer while “Eddie” is scored by Mathew Margeson one of the most exciting members of the RCP team from the past year or so. I loved his work on “Kingsman” and “How to survive a zombie apocalypse”.

I don’t want to get my hopes too high when “Champion!” opens the score with a strung tug of 80s synth nostalgia blended with patriotic flag raising 90 action music. It might be just my imagination because usually it’s either one sound or the other and they are my two favorite film music sounds and my brain might not be able to comprehend a score that blends them so perfectly. I shyly open my heart to the title theme as if I were in the middle of a dream I knew wasn’t real but I didn’t want to end. I feel inspired and happy and optimistic and every other positive emotion you can think of when I listen to this theme. Nostalgia just flows with teenage stride and hope and I can only think that life is good. Yes, it is possible to combine the 80s synth with 90s freshness and Matthew Margeson is a film music alchemist.

When I listen to this score I feel as if I am in a time travel movie where two different versions of me from the past came to visit present me and I don’t know what to do with them. I mean I am used to one coming, but two? But I digress. If you ever heard a feel good score from late 80s early 90s and loved it… if you ever cheered for the success of a character from those years on the sound of keyboards, synths and raunchy guitar, you will find everything you ever loved collected in this score. For me it’s an unbelievable and unexpected sea of nostalgia I want to bathe in every day. Right now I don’t see myself going a day without listening to this score.

Feel good, optimistic, nostalgic and brilliant, “Eddie the Eagle” will be among the best scores of 2016 no matter what happens from now on. Matthew Margeson gives a shout out to every score I grew up with, from “Terminator” to the most optimistic triumph scores of the 90s. The music covers the whole specter of emotions and is written in a perfect sound. I mean a cue like “Fist of glory” is a dream to me. I can’t believe that this cue is real today, in 2016, and I’m listening to it. Matthew Margeson built the perfect time machine and I am keeping it close. THANK YOU!!

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 55 / 55

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Champion!

Eddie The Eagle

What Goes Up Must Come Down

I’m Going To The Olympics

Matti At Garmisch

Warren Sharp

Eddie Gets A Taste

Up Back Forward Down

Eddie Attempts The 70m

The Teaching Text

Fist Of Glory

Seniors Tournament

Oberstdorf

A Sporting Chance

First Jump At Calgary

Press Montage

Eddie’s Announcement

Peary’s Return

Matti’s Gold Jump

Eddie Jumps The 90m

Now The Real Work Begins

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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  • This score just blew me away by how much fun, exciting, cheesy (in the best way possible) yet still incredibly heartfelt it is. This is just incredible feel good music.

    Best score of 2016? Possibly.
    This has replaced Tomorrowland as my go to score to bring a smile on my face.