Your heart will keep soaring after this movie ends! Eddie The Eagle is full of charm. Hot off of playing secret agent extraordinaire Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Taron Eggerton switches his style up and plays the British Winter Olympian Eddie Edwards. Though we're used to seeing him kick ass, Taron shows us depth and variety with this role. This performance is spot-on and will definitely have you second-guessing that it was actually him acting when you see the side by side comparison. I personally mistook him for the actual Eddie when I was looking up photos and videos!
Just a small disclaimer, I am NOT a big fan of skiing and I reluctantly watch sport films in general. However, this film definitely changed my perspective on these types of films in general. The storytelling and overall style of the film was unique and unlike any sports film before it. It made me feel a bit disappointed that I wasn't as enthralled by the events as I was a teen in the 80s when this was actually happening. I do have to say however, watching this film is a solid consolation. From beginning to end, you feel as though you're experiencing the hard work, struggle, joy, and triumph that Eddie felt during his Olympic run.
Hugh Jackman plays Bronson Peary, a washed up, stubborn yet skilled American ski jump coach who lends his help to Eddie to achieve his dreams. Eddie is judged negatively throughout his life; the one who was shoved to the side while growing up. Bronson and Eddie team-up to make the perfect pairing that any historic dynamic duo would be jealous of.
Jo Hartley and Tim McInnerny who play Eddie's parents, set a strong momentum for this movie. Though you're pulling for Eddie throughout the film, his parents provide a sense of realism and emotional balance.
For you Hunter S. Thompson fans, keep an eye out for a scene where Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary looks just like him. When I saw it I was like, "OMG I LOVE THIS SCENE, JUST KEEP IT HERE FOR 10 MORE MINUTES"! If Jack wasn't cool enough, he broke another "cool" record.
In terms of direction and cinematography, the camera-work incredibly puts the feeling of fear in each and every frame while Eddie is skiing a feat that is genuinely amazing.
Many will relate to Eddie's childhood, especially if you were a child who allowed your imagination to run wild. It sends an inspiring message to folks of all ages who have falsely believed their problems are holding them down.
Do you know anyone who needs hope? Bring them to this movie. You are guaranteed to leave in a great mood!