Hundreds, maybe even thousands of biopics are released on a yearly basis. Many of them are dark and serious to get the point across, while others are fact based and exist solely for schooling purposes. It is very rare that a biopic is created for average moviegoers to have fun escapism, but look no further. "Eddie The Eagle" is that and so much more. Following the life of Eddie Edwards, beginning from his early childhood years of having bad knees, we see the progression of what will go down in history as a man with true love for the sport and nothing more. As he fails and fails, comedy, drama, and many feel-good moments, leap off the screen.
"Eddie The Eagle" is the type of film that will have you smiling the whole way through, even though you will be admitting you have seen underdog stories like this many times before. Taron Egerton (of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame) shines brightly as the title character, making for a very believable film overall. Hugh Jackman as his counterpart was screaming chemistry and I had a blast watching their on-screen connection. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed for it's visibly low budget, this film definitely warrants a recommendation.
The films biggest issue (although I do not mind it very much) is that it feels a "been-there done-that" at times, even though those moments are very well executed, which is all that mattered to me. Overall, if you are looking for a feel-good movie, this is a very fun and easy watch. I can not recommend this film enough, for both entertainment value and emotional impact. "Eddie The Eagle" is a very effective film that moviegoers of all ages will likely enjoy. Treat yourself to this film.