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 producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never-say-die attitude.



Review


A film about Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards might not have you rushing out to buy a ticket to see it at your local cinema and if that is the case then you're missing one of the feel good films of the year so far.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the man who brought us "Sunshine on Leith", Eddie the Eagle is a hugely entertaining film that will have you leaving the cinema with a large smile on your face.

Telling the true (-ish) story of Eddie the Eagle, Britain's sole ski jump competitor at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, actor turned director Dexter Fletcher has crafted a film that's full of both warmth and humour.

Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is wonderful as Eddie, it would have been easy for him to have played Eddie as some bungling idiot but instead he shows Eddie to be a genuine guy who just wants to be the best that he can be. However all the credit shouldn't go to Egerton as Hugh Jackman as Eddies drunken coach and washed up former ski jumper hasn't been as charismatic or charming on screen for some considerable period of time.

Miss Eddie the Eagle or you risk missing one of the films of the year.

Highly recommended.






Eddie The Eagle (pg)

1h 40m

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen, Iris Berban, Rune Temte, Christopher Walken and Jim Broadbent

UK Release: Friday 1st April 2016