Eddie the Eagle – Film Review

Title: Eddie the Eagle

Age: PG

Released: 28th March 2016

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Genre: Drama, Sport, Comedy

Rating: **** (4/5 stars)

About: 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.

Review: This film is so amazingly good – it is perfect the film if you want a feel-good kind of movie.

I watched this with my family last night and we all enjoyed it. It was brilliant right from the very start to the end.

Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie’s offbeat charm. He is a completely different person in this film and he plays it very well. You can really see how much time had gone into it for producing the perfect character to play Eddie in the film and Taron didn’t fail to produce this.

Even better is the relationship shown between Eddie and his ‘coach’. When Eddie is on the  slope ready to make his jump the tension between them is so empowering that you really were left on the edge of the seat.

There are some moments which just felt a bit over the top like the scene where Eddie is being taught how to land and its compared to making love to a woman (my first thought being – isn’t this film meant to be PG?) I mean it was funny, but just a bit unnecessary.

However, I really did love this film, particularly at the end when the dad tells him how proud he is. That was just great considering how throughout the movie he kept saying how he would never make it.

But this film is about being successful, as it is about never giving up on your dreams. Eddie got to the Olympics which is what he wanted and he achieved his personal best. He may not have got a gold medal in real life but this film certainly deserves a gold medal for how much I loved it.

This is an incredibly happy film, with a very positive message and it does make your day better.

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