The true story of Britain's Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards stars Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton in the titular role of the famed aspiring Olympian who never gave up on his dream to compete in the Olympics.
Telling the story of a young man from a small town and working class family with the odds stacked against him, Eddie The Eagle soars as the most heartwarming and feel good film of the year so far.
Taron Egerton stars as the "plucky plasterer" turned 1988 Winter Olympics contender who stole the show with his record breaking jumps and signature flapping bird gestures. Laughed at his entire life for aspiring to become an athlete, Eddie never gave up on his dreams. He never had a particular sport in mind until he discovered Ski Jumping.
Britain hadn't had an Olympic Ski Jumper since 1929 and Eddie Edwards saw this as an opportunity to get himself out in the world and prove himself. He travels to Germany to practice and is taken under the wing of Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), an ex Ski Jumper who coaches Eddie due to his unrelenting and frankly inspiring ambition to make it to the Olympics.
Produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith), the film is a light, fluffy and utterly feel good film packed with cliches and predictable moments, but it all works pretty well. There are a few moments of poor CGI that took me out of the film for no more than a second but other than this I had a great time watching this movie.
The film celebrates the act of taking part and the high spirits of Eddie is what keeps us hooked. Taron Egerton surprised most of us with his performance in Kingsman: The Secret Service last year and has upped his game significantly with his work here. He's utterly lovable as Edwards, he's an inherently good character and is undeniably the heart of the film, if Egerton didn't work as this character, the rest of the film may not have worked also. He's absolutely wonderful and almost unrecognizable in the role. Jackman is very good too, but it's nothing we've not seen from the actor before, his performance here carries a lot of the same humor and bravado as his role as Wolverine does in the X-Men series.
Eddie The Eagle isn't a film I'll likely be raving about at the end of 2016 as one of the year's finest, but it's a nice, sweet, film for the whole family to enjoy. It's got laughs, a lot of heart and an edge of your seat emotional climax that will leave you with a smile on your face. I'm giving Eddie The Eagle a 7.5/10.
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