In the film’s trailers, Eddie The Eagle presented itself as an inspiring, feel good movie. With this in mind, it did not disappoint.
The true story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously steadfast and determined British underdog ski jumper who won hearts at the 1988 Winter Olympics, Eddie the Eagle features an all-star cast, including Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello, and relative newcomer Dexter Fletcher taking the helm as director.
Eddie The Eagle tells a simple story of Eddie Edwards who is struggling to enter the Winter Olympics with skiing, so he steps out of his comfort zone and tries out for the Ski Jumping team. England have never had a Ski Jumping team and Eddie eventually makes it to represent his county. Comedy, of course, ensues, coupled with a feel-good story of courage and determination.
Although there is nothing special with camera shots or any other filming techniques that stand out in the film, the setting and scenery is quite spectacular.
Both Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman bring charisma and colour to their roles, but the roles themselves don’t require a very high standard of acting, as they are two pretty ordinary guys; they just set out to do extraordinary things. Edgerton as Eddie The Eagle further proves that the young man from Cheshire, UK, is a great up and coming actor. It also shows that Jackman can still easily do a semi-serious role and doesn’t always need to play Wolverine to pull off a solid performance. Egerton also steals the audience’s hearts with likeable personality in the film, which is perfectly executed.
Feel-good and inspiring films are fun and relaxing to watch, and this is definitely one of those. It has plenty of light and shade, and moments that pull at the heartstrings.
Reviewed by Alex Human