Olympic Goals Overview: An Olympics Gimmick Cannot Save This Bland Rom-Com
Olympic Goals’ backstage take a look at the 2018 Olympics is rather more compelling than the film’s bland and contrived romantic comedy storyline.
From filmmaker Jeremy Teicher (Tracktown) comes a brand new romantic comedy, Olympic Goals, filmed within the Olympic Athlete Village through the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Teicher employs guerilla filmmaking to inform his story a few cross-country skier who types a romantic reference to a volunteer dentist after her competitors is over early on within the video games. Teicher’s long-time associate Alexi Pappas, herself an Olympic athlete and lengthy distance runner, stars in Olympic Goals, along with serving as co-writer and producer alongside Teicher and co-star Nick Kroll. Olympic Goals‘ backstage take a look at the 2018 Olympics is rather more compelling than the film’s bland and contrived romantic comedy storyline.
Olympic Goals is customary rom-com fare, in that the characters meet, they stumble a bit of their relationship, however ultimately discover some sort of hope and happiness – there’s even a splash by means of the airport type ending, however right here it is the Olympic village’s bus depot. Within the movie, cross-country skier Penelope (Pappas) is targeted completely on her occasion, however as soon as it is over, she flounders to work out what’s subsequent, and spends her time within the Olympic village wandering round and making an attempt to attach with different athletes. Finally, she meets volunteer dentist Ezra (Kroll), who’s equally caught questioning what is going to come subsequent for him after the video games since he broke off an engagement simply earlier than heading to PyeongChang. The pair type an awkwardly candy connection, but it surely stays to be seen if they will have the ability to recover from their respective fears as a way to discover what’s between them.
The story of Olympic Goals is relatively overly easy, whether or not by necessity of filming on the Olympics or by selection (or a mixture of each), and there does not appear to have been a lot of a script, as lots of the traces come off as advert libbed by Pappas and Kroll. Typically this works to the film’s profit, giving it a pure, unassuming allure rooted in its realism. Nevertheless, as a rule, it results in an awkwardness that is extra plainly uncomfortable than compelling. This naturalism can also be sometimes thrown out the window by Teicher for a very contrived story beat, like Penelope hitting on Gus Kenworthy (taking part in himself) and him having to inform her he is homosexual – and this manages to be much more uncomfortable than the film’s regular awkwardness. There are different curious directing decisions by Teicher that take away from the sensible really feel Olympic Goals appears to be going for, which inevitably give the film extra of an uneven and haphazard really feel.
For his or her elements, Pappas and Kroll do what they’ll with what they’re working with, however sadly, the duo do not have a lot romantic chemistry; as such, when Penelope and Ezra do share the requisite rom-com kiss, it feels extra compulsory than romantic. Individually, Pappas brings a allure to Penelope’s awkwardness, whereas Kroll shrinks underneath Ezra’s extra critical nature, they usually’re extra gratifying to observe once they’re interacting with others than collectively. Kroll shines brightest when he is goofing off with Olympic athletes in Ezra’s dentist’s chair, and Pappas comes alive most when working with Kenworthy. For his half, Kenworthy is probably the most snug in entrance of the digital camera, not less than on this context; he has a simple allure that makes his parts of the movie extra compelling than maybe the rest in Olympic Goals.
In the end, what’s most fascinating about Olympic Goals is not the story of Penelope and Ezra, and even Pappas and Kroll’s performances, however the backstage take a look at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the Olympic Athlete Village. Each different 12 months, the world turns into fascinated by the Olympics, whether or not it is the Summer time or Winter video games, and due to Pappas’ entry by being an athlete, Teicher is ready to take viewers behind the scenes and showcase the occasion from an athlete’s perspective. The concept an athlete on such a public stage and surrounded by so many others who’re, superficially not less than, like them can really feel remoted is fascinating. That’s maybe why the moments when Pappas’ Penelope interacts with different athletes looking for some type of human connection amid the pageantry and excessive stakes competitors wind up being rather more compelling than her scenes with Kroll’s Ezra. It looks as if there was a extra compelling film in right here someplace, but it surely will get misplaced within the banal rom-com plot.
As such, Olympic Goals could also be value anticipating these fascinated by the Olympics and craving a peek behind the scenes of what athletes’ lives are like whereas dwelling within the Olympic village – however by means of a fictional lens. To make sure, Olympic Goals is not a documentary, even when it sometimes feels that approach, and which may be a tricky hurdle for viewers. There’s an excessive amount of of a fictionalized story to be a doc, however with out its backdrop of the PyeongChang Olympics, the movie would not be a compelling rom-com both – so it is troublesome to say who precisely this film is for. Maybe the very slim overlap between followers of the Olympics, followers of rom-coms and people considering guerilla filmmaking. Olympic Goals actually had the potential to be a compelling backstage take a look at the Olympic Athlete Village and a romantic comedy, but it surely does not do both very properly and winds up largely falling flat.