Who doesn't love an amazing, inspirational, heart-warming Winter Olympics film? Especially when it has a whole lot of comedy to go along with it! Cool Runnings and Blades Of Glory have long been favorites for a lot of people, myself included; these films not only get you laughing, but also leave you with a warm feeling. And it seems like new movie Eddie The Eagle follows in that feel-good tradition.
Soar Like An Eagle
Recently, I was given the opportunity to view the upcoming film Eddie The Eagle, and honestly, I was blown away. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of wannabe athlete Michael "Eddie The Eagle" Edwards, whose biggest dream in life is to make it to the Olympics as a ski jumper, no matter the cost. While failing miserably time and again, fate leads Eddie to Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver. Impressed by Eddie's unrelenting spirit, Peary agrees to train him. With everybody doubting him and making him the butt of their jokes, Eddie's determination takes him all the way to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
The Casting Was Just Right!
Here's the thing: It wasn't just the storyline that made this film shine, but its casting, too. Jackman of course did what he does best, but I would have never expected Taron Egerton, who portrayed Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service, to offer such a great performance. How someone can go from being a smooth spy that kills and beats people up to an awkward ski jumper and pull it off so well is way beyond me.
All In The Personality!
Eddie is a British man with goals that most people only dream of accomplishing. He has a unique personality and comes across as innocently gawky. Eddie The Eagle's way of being doesn't seem all that easy to replicate. But after seeing him portray the character, it turns out Egerton was just the right guy for the job.
If you can, go check out Eddie The Eagle when it soars into theaters on February 26. Watch the trailer right here: