This past Wednesday, I had the courtesy of attending an early screening of the upcoming biographical sports film, Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. The film was splendid, an absolute delight! I would even go as far as to say that it defines the genre of feel-good movies.
The story follows the life of British ski-jumper, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, as he faces an obstacle that every bottom dog must climb: the impossible odds. The film manages to tear down the formulaic underdog story, giving Eddie more knock-backs than setups. This gives the film various dissimilarities from other biopics. There were times when I thought the plot going a sappy, stereotypical route but then it threw me for a loop and proved me completely wrong.
Not once in the duration of the film does the story drag. When the film begins, you are automatically invested and stay invested all the way until the end. When I visit theaters, I need to have popcorn whether I am hungry or not. Personally, it is essential for me in order to enjoy the movie. While watching this film, I didn't even realize that I did not buy any popcorn. That's how drawn in I was to the magic of the film's most heartwarming moments. When the credits started rolling, I realized that I had the hugest smile on my face and I began to wonder if it was present during the entire screening. This has to be the most inspiring and uplifting biopic of the era.
Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman shine in roles that diverge greatly from their previous performances. Every minute the duo appears on the screen, they are delivering. Honestly, when this film ended, I left wanting to see more of the actors. I cannot wait to see the actors in their respective upcoming films with the Billionaire Boys Club, the Kingsman sequel, Robin Hood: Origins, and Wolverine III all on the way within the next few years.
So next Friday, February 26, if you find yourself bored and contemplating whether or not you should see Deadpool for the third or fourth time, don't. Go see Eddie The Eagle in theaters. Believe me, it is worth it. I guarantee that you won't stop smiling the entire time you're watching.