Eddie the Eagle is probably not the Suicide Squad or Finding Dory we're all desperately marking down days for this year, but it's definitely a must see! Especially if you're into the whole, "I have a dream, and I'm gonna make it happen even if I go broke and have to use my mum's car doing it" thing.
As true as its tagline, this inspired-by-a-dream-come-true story is sure to put a goofy Eddie-Edwards-style smile on your face. Besides its feel-good, Cool Runnings' vibe, here are 6 more reasons why you must check it out:
Reason 1: Taron Egerton
From playing a tough-and-trimmed secret agent in Kingsman, Taron Egerton is all grimaces and glasses as Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards, and I honestly didn't recognize him until the credits rolled. His portrayal of Eddie Edwards is not only heart churning, but completely laughable in the best way. You root for him even when he's falling and breaking bones. The real Eddie the Eagle said to BBC News that the actor playing him in this biopic is 'uncannily' like him. Well done, Taron!
Reason 2: Hugh Jackman
We're already fully aware of how far this guy can go when it comes to his roles, but you gotta love the self-loathing "anti-coaching, but I'll coach you" relationship between him and Egerton. His character, Bronson Peary, a washed-up former champion and current drunk is somewhat of a snow cowboy, and he might also just be Wolverine. (Can Hugh Jackman ever not be Wolverine?) Also keep a look out for his hilarious "tips" for Eddie Edwards, using sex with on-screen 80's crush, Bo Derek, as a metaphor on how to achieve the perfect ski jump. His flask is a pretty cool prop too.
Reason 3: Cool Runnings' Shout Out!
Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up! It's a bobsled team mini cameo!
Well, more of a shout-out to the iconic moment in Olympic history since Eddie shared their same Olympic year. Eddie Edwards wasn't the only one of several improbable figures to emerge as folk heroes after losing badly at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, so the filmmakers of course couldn't help but to include a radio news cameo in the movie regarding the other "losers" which were the four men on the Jamaican bobsled team. I still thought it was a pretty epic way to go, Sanka. I'll still kiss your lucky egg.
Reason 4: Ski Jumping
Unless you live near a ski jump training facility or if you're from Norway, you probably haven't seen much of this sport in popular culture. I don't know about you, but I didn't know much about the sport of ski jumping and when I think of ski jumping the words "nope, nope, nope," run through my mind like a digital sign continuously set on loop in a giant billboard. This film not only confirms my self-preservation instincts, but it also makes me respect the people who ignore them. This film is filled with successful jumps, (well done, Eddie), but it also shows you what could happen even when you know what you're doing... Respect for Olympians, and much respect for Olympians in the Ski Jumping category.
Reason 5: The 80's Nostalgia
The look, music, and fashion of the 80's seems rightfully represented in this hilarious and inspiring sports' flick. Eddie Edwards' ski suits, glasses, shoes and even his automotive transport are a few examples of how colorful and fun the 1980's were. Stitch by stitch, and model for model, the representation of the actual 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary is extremely well represented. I especially love the pink goggles.
Reason 6: The Message
The ‘Olympic Creed’ states “The most important thing in the Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.”
This is definitely true in the Eddie Edwards story.
Inspired by a dream come true, this film depicts the struggles, the literal downfalls and the shortcomings of a man who just wanted "his moment". This didn't mean a moment of winning or of gold, but a moment of accomplishment. This is all anyone could ask for in their dream endeavors.
Eddie the Eagle out February 26!