Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good, inspiration story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (played by Taron Egerton). Despite an entire nation doubting him and giving up on him, Eddie never stopped believing in himself, and with the help of a washed-up and boozy former Olympic ski jumper (played by Hugh Jackman), he finds himself at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Audiences may be expecting a Black Swan-esque story here, a young awkward boy full of dreams strives to obtain his Olympic goals. However, the film follows this awkward boy to see him remain just as socially unpolished as an Olympian as he was as a kid, and I think that’s what makes the film so inspiring. Egerton’s performance is what truly makes this movie shine. He does an amazing job and delivers an endearing and comical portrayal of Eddie, and Jackman compliments him perfectly in the role, creating an instant chemistry.
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Overall, it’s a simple film, but a cute story about an underdog none-the-less. Just as Eddie chases his Olympic dreams, the film follows a similar path. This won’t be a big movie, with so much hype around other films this month, many people will never hear of Eddie the Eagle, much less see it. However, this film has a lot of heart, and I rather adored it.
Eddie the Eagle Review