Released 02/26/2016 Rated: PG-13
I was excited for this one when it came out, but I don’t think it hit many theaters, and I missed it. If you’re like me and had never heard of Eddie the Eagle (I was barely a year old at the time), Michael “Eddie” Edwards is a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Britain in the Winter Olympics for ski jumping. I enjoyed this movie, and I think they should strive to make more like it.
I remember noticing, years and years ago, probably watching a Disney Channel Original Movie of some sort, that films about people in sports or teams will end in one of two ways: 1st place, or 2nd place. At the time I didn’t think much beyond that, but now, having seen this movie, which proves that you can still make a good film despite the protagonist not hitting top scores, it really is a shame that we don’t have more films like this. Eddie’s dream was always to go to the Olympics. And he made it happen! He didn’t have many people behind him, and was completely self-funded, and had (comparatively) inadequate training (since most start training really young), but he qualified and competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. This just proves that it’s the journey that’s important, and not the end result.
Taron Egerton really shines in his role as Eddie. It’s a complete 180 from his role as Eggsy in Kingsman, and it truly is amazing. This man can do anything. Hugh Jackman is awesome, as usual. If it hadn’t been for this duo, the film would probably not have been as interesting as it was. They really had chemistry together, which makes you root for them that much more. The jumps, minus Hugh Jackman’s one, were real. You can tell so much heart and soul went into this film, and it’s a story that deserves that kind of respectful treatment. Definitely hunt it down and check this one out.