"Eddie the Eagle" follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain's first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary, (Hugh Jackman), as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. 'Eddie the Eagle' is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man's refusal to accept defeat.
Workmanlike biopic of British ski jumper with classic 'ugly duckling' plot
- Eddie the Eagle review by PV
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You rated this film: 4
I enjoyed this film. So yes, I know how film makers will exaggerate things to fit the story - in this case that make out Eddie the Eagle to be utterly useless (when in fact he was in the UK ski team before he became a ski jumper - as he said himself on a recent radio show plugging his book).
But film makers will always do this to make the eventual success all the more wonderfully improbable (think ONE CHANCE about Paul Potts which also played fast and loose with the facts). Films lie. That's why they work. They're fantasy.
One does wonder if the barriers from the UK Olympic committee were put up as shown here - but the blueprint if to keep adding obstacles that the hero overcomes and so he does. I remember 1988 and how Eddie the Eagle was front page news.
Some good jokes and acting - Hugh Jackman impresses as a hard-drinking old lag ski jumper, and there's a brief role for Christopher Walken too. UK actors include Keith Allen as the Eagle's dad and Jim Broadbent as the BBC commentator. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (the boy in The Elephant Man + much else besides).
Fun to see the 1970s on screen in the scenes of Eddie's childhood.
A story of a man fulfilling his boyhood dreams. Obviously the filmmakers have made some additions and stretched the truth a little but it does not detract from making this a very enjoyable family film with humor , drama and an inclination to root for the hero against the "establishment ". A feelgood film - and no swearing ! Recommended.