Eddie the Eagle

28 Mar

Eddie the Eagle (1)Eddie the Eagle is a biographical sports film based on the true story of British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. As far as underdog stories go, this is one of the best. It is a sweet natured and fun film very reminiscent of the similarly themed Cool Runnings.

Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton) is a young British man who dreams of competing at the Olympics. Since he was a child, Eddie has practiced and practiced his athletic abilities but has been constantly rejected by sporting officials. Despite this, Eddie never gives up on his dream. One day, Eddie decides to train as a ski jumper and represent Britain at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Aiding him with his training is Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a drunken American snow plower who despite his own internal insecurities, believes Eddie has the potential to achieve greatness at the Olympics.

Eddie the Eagle (2)

While it follows the typical clichéd underdog story that most sporting films tend to do, Eddie the Eagle has a certain charm to it that makes it very difficult to dislike. You just can’t help but feel supportive of Eddie throughout all his training to do his best. Taron Egerton’s performance in the title role was fantastic and this film really showcases the talent this young actor possesses. Hugh Jackman was great as well, he was very comedic but never so much that he seemed to undermine his character’s mentoring responsibilities.

Eddie the Eagle (3)As I mentioned previously, this film reminded me of Cool Runnings with its likable lead characters and the same setting (1988 Winter Olympics) so if you enjoyed that film, then I recommend seeing this one as well.



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