Eddie the Eagle
Release Year: 2016
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writers: Sean Macaulay (screenplay), Simon Kelton (screenplay & story)
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Iris Berben, Mads Pettersen, Edvin Endre, Christopher Walken
The story of the tenacious Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards who dreams of being an Olympian and through his tenacity becomes the first British Olympic ski jumper in decades and charms the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Everybody loves an underdog story and the incredible story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is about a true underdog who against all odds achieves his life’s goal through sheer tenecity, will power, and a lot of guts. Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014) is a hoot as the awkward young man who dreams of nothing but becoming an Olympian. He has tried and failed several sports (being of a non-athletic constitution) before he discovers that the UK doesn’t have an Olympic ski jumping team, which means that all he would have to do to qualify is compete. He “borrows” his parents’ car (a sceptical dad and a supportive mum) and heads to Garmisch in Bavaria to train. Here he meets the drunken has-been Bronson Peary, a fictional character played by Hugh Jackman (Real Steel, 2011), who refuses to help in anyway but eventually comes around because Eddie will not stop trying. It’s a fun and uplifting movie based on an incredible true story that also sends a message about what the Olympic is all about: participating. Highly recommended.
The real-life Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards noted on Taron Edgerton’s performance that it was “uncanny” stating that he “got my mannerisms and everything else just right”.
Picture Copyright: 20th Century Fox