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Jay Kelley

Hugh Jackman made Wolverine one of the most recognizable superheroes in movie history. While Taron Egerton did not make Eggsy as iconic in Kingsman: The Secret Service, he certainly left a great impression in what was arguably the best comic book movie of 2015. While some may say that this is an odd duo on screen, I can promise you that in Eddie the Eagle that is very far from the truth. Never heard of this movie? Check out the trailer below:

Put it on your radar. This is a true story that is surprisingly funny that the entire family can enjoy.

I know what you're thinking; this is just another true story based on an athlete's life that may or may not deliver. Actually this is more of a story about an unathletic kid that had no business being in the Olympics but stopped at nothing to make his dream come true.

Eddie Edwards: The kid with the dream

Taron Egerton: Eddie Sk-Jumped his way to the Olympics
Taron Egerton: Eddie Sk-Jumped his way to the Olympics

Eddie was coached by one of the most naturally gifted ski-jumpers that ever lived but didn't have the heart of Eddie to face his fears. Those fears caused him to walk away from ski-jumping, never acheiving the Olympic accolades he was destined for.

Bronson Peary: The coach that missed his dream

Hugh Jackmon: Coach Bronson Inspired by Eddie
Hugh Jackmon: Coach Bronson Inspired by Eddie

Eddie was inspired by Bronson's legendary, natural ability as a ski-jumper, while Bronson was inspired by Eddie's lack of fear to fail. Together this duo accomplished Olympic glory that neither could accomplish without the other, which in some ways makes them the original Dream Team, a title held by the first USA basketball team that had professional NBA players.

The original Dream Team

Skiing's original Dream Team
Skiing's original Dream Team
Basketball's original Dream Team
Basketball's original Dream Team

All these years later, the spirit of this true story lives on. It lives in all of us. Sadie is proof of that. Maybe one day we will be going to see her inspiring story on the movie screen.

Sadie the Eagle

That is the great thing about Eddie the Eagle. He had a dream. He didn't have the talent or the ability to accomplish that dream, yet he eventually did accomplish that dream. The reason he accomplished that dream is because he did not give up and that is something that we all have the ability to do....never give up.

Eddie the Eagle Synopsis

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

This is a movie that stays in tune with what it is. Although it is a true story it is funny and will keep a smile on your face for the duration of the movie, which is in line with the actual events that the world witnessed at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. While there are deeper issues that could have been fleshed out with Eddie, keeping those issues out of this movie was the right move. Eddie the Eagle is truly a feel good event that will be enjoyed by all.

Are you excited about Eddie the Eagle?

Be sure to catch Eddie The Eagle in theaters on February 26th! 8 out 10 thumbs up!


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