Eddie The Eagle review

 

 

A heart-warming comedy showing the accounts of the infamous Eddie The Eagle through a film which more than shows the spirit and desire of one man’s mission to the Olympics.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards was the first British Ski Jumper to enter the Olympic games in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. It was however a large disappointment if you were hoping he was going to bring home a medal of some description but that isn’t what the film is about. It brings up an encapsulating journey of a childhood fantasy of entering the Olympic Games so  never giving up despite having all the odds stacked against you, even if no medal was won, a crowd of British fans will still be cheering on the return trip home because when has Britain ever won something?

The story begins with a physically disabled Edwards who attempts to get into any sport possible which could entitle him to a spot in the Olympic team. When the moment finally comes, the decision of not being part of the UK team doesn’t hold Eddie back but more inspires him to take up the sceptical idea of Ski jumping. When colliding with the fictional character to be coach of Edwards played by Hugh Jackman (no, there are no X-men references) whose character has been set back by other issues, turns his own career around by teaming up with Eddie which only adds to the fun with Fletcher turning the sports movie into what we know and love with the training montages.

Taron Egerton fits the role of Eddie without a glimpse of otherwise. The optimism of Edwards is emphasised even with little to show but obstacles or mountains from mole hills, the characteristics of this boy who wants to be a British Olympian, stopping at nothing, shines throughout the essence of Taron and it’s brilliant to watch. With this, the bond noticed between Wolverine and Edwards is encouraging to see- reaching the point of the final scene where all the people in the cinema are beginning to cheer Eddie on full well knowing it’s not the true event. The victory of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is one to remember and Fletcher does a superb job of highlighting this with a few added tweaks to keep it entertaining.

A film admittedly I was sceptical on, turned out to be a crowd pleaser, inspiring a next generation of hopeful Olympians.

Joe Baines

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