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 the producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the lovable underdog with a never say die attitude. (Written by 20th Century Fox)
3 Reasons Why EDDIE THE EAGLE is the Feel Good Movie of the Year
1. It's Relatable
When I say this film is relatable to everyone, I genuinely mean EVERYONE. Eddie the Eagle is not just relatable to athletes, but anyone who has had a childhood, anyone who has had a dream, and especially those who have been through times in their life where they had difficulty persevering. Central character Eddie Edwards knew he was bad at sports, but he had a dream of going to the Olympics. Nothing could stop him; if he could not play the sport, he would find a new one, and he would not stop until he found a sport in which he could go to the Olympics. Eddie is just such an incredibly likable, optimistic and human character, that his relatable and everyman qualities alone creates an emotional connection with the viewer.
2. It's Inspiring!
Evident in the exposition of the film, Eddie is the kind of person that is lacking any athletic skill whatsoever, so much so that other people would most likely give up when placed in his situation. That said, he never lets go of his optimism and overcomes all obstacles that come his way. When he takes things into his own hands, ignores those who don't believe in him and comes up with a plan of action to achieve his goals, you will truly feel inspired and motivated to do the same for yourself.
3. It Has a Great, Human Story
it is extremely likely that your most anticipated films of the year are big superhero films, massive blockbusters and high budget action spectacles, but Eddie the Eagle is a hidden gem that has qualities most likely missing from said films. Its true humanity and its deep themes revolving around confidence, perseverance, etc. makes it much more of an important watch, as well as an emotional roller coaster that has a surprisingly uplifting, fun and thought-provoking storyline. It is definitely going to be much different from the other films you see this year, and that is truly a positive statement.
Are you planning to see Eddie the Eagle, and does your anticipation change after reading this?