Both of these Olympic events took place during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. I have to admit, I didn't know much about Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards prior to seeing the film. I was in for quite a ride as I watched what I can only describe as a 'British Napoleon Dynamite' attempting to get to the Winter Olympics for a sport that no one in his country would even attempt: ski jumping.
To make matters worse, Eddie never attempted a jump before his run towards Olympic stardom. What transpires is a brilliant movie that has laughs, tears, and plenty of emotion.
The movie stars Taron Egerton, who I must say is the only one they could have cast in this role. The second he puts those glasses are on he instantly becomes Eddie the Eagle and his accent is incredible. The movie costars Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary, an American who was once a top ski jumper. Bronson helps run the ski jump resort where Eddie trains. He also likes to hit the bottle a bit too much and has no faith in Eddie ever making it to the 90m (295 ft.) ski jump. A friendship soon builds between the unlikely athlete and the crass Bronson Peary. Hugh Jackman really nails this role and has great moments throughout.
This movie also stands out as a great family comedy. Even after his moments of victory, Eddie returns to being the goofy kid, flapping his arms like wings — part of what inspired his nickname 'the Eagle.' He wasn't a champion of the games but he won everyone's hearts and smiles. He did his country proud for breaking their record, however small it was.
Overall, this is a must-see movie. It really sings to any generation that believes they can make their dreams come true despite adversity. I won't lie, I had tears in my eyes at some moments in the film. It has similar themes to the movie Cool Runnings but this wasn't about breaking a world record, it was about proving that he could just do it, period. Maybe he did it just to prove to his dad he could, or he did it to prove that even a small, geeky kid from the UK could do the unthinkable. If you can work hard and long enough, you can achieve anything.