This inspirational film tells the true story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who became England’s unlikely ski-jump hero in the ’88 Olympics.
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To most people of a certain age the name ‘Eddie the Eagle’ will bring about visions of a man who wasn’t in the best physical shape wearing lycra and racing down a hill on two strips of carbon fibre and flying through the sky. But what was the back story of this fearless jumper? “Eddie the Eagle” is a biopic of how an Englishman called Micheal Edwards (Taron Egerton) was able to qualify for the 1988 Winter Olympics, only a couple of years after first taking up the sport.
Eddie the Eagle has an amazing cast of both British and American actors, and has been brilliantly written by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton. The film starts by showing Eddie as a child (played by Tom Costello) in leg braces who is desperate to get to the Olympics in whatever sport he can. We’re shown him in his bath holding his breath as well as him at 15 (played by Jack Costello) trying to do weight-lifting, all the time being told by his Dad that he’s not an athlete.
Eventually Eddie finds a sport he is half decent at (by British standards!): downhill skiing, but is stopped in his efforts of following his Olympic dreams by Olympic selector Dustin Target, played by Tim McInnerny. It is then that he tries to qualify in the discipline of ski-jumping: something no British person had done since the 1920’s – linking up in Austria with an alcohol-infused coach and ex- jumper Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman).
Egerton does more than just portray a sympathetic character. He transforms into Eddie the Eagle, and Jackman plays Bronson Peary superbly, and in such a way that he doesn’t over shadow Egerton’s performance as Edwards. Added to this are great performances by the brilliant British actors Jim Broadbent and Mark Benton.
A quick browse at Wikipedia will make it clear that there has been a lot of license taken with this as a “true story” and, to be fair, the prefix “based on a..” was used in the adverts for it’s cinema release.
“Eddie the Eagle” is a fun, and heartwarming film that, with few innuendos and little if any bad language, the whole family will enjoy.
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