Based on the true story of Michael Eddie Edwards, ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is the brilliant tale of the crazy British ski-jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) has always dreamt of going to the Olympics, but never been good enough at sport to do so. Eventually he finds the sport of skiing and becomes a local celebrity as one of the best. But then, as he’s about to fulfil his dreams and go to the Olympics, he’s thrown off the squad to become a plasterer like his father (played by Keith Allen). Edwards then discovers the sport of ski-jumping and goes to Germany to train and meets Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), an ex-champion ski-jumper who at first declines becoming a coach for Edwards but eventually accepts. From there the film follows Edwards on his journey to the 1988 Olympics and his final jump.
The film is, although not entirely accurate, a comedic and funny retelling of Edwards’ story and enjoyable for the whole family. There were a lot of funny moments in the film and the contrast between the characters of Edwards and Peary made an entertaining watch. The film did have an overall moral, this time of ‘if you try hard enough you’ll succeed’. Throughout all Edwards was striving towards was his ‘moment’, his moment of being at the Olympics, being able to call himself an Olympian, however hard he had to work to do that. Edwards has to overcome the criticism of the British Olympics Association, Bronson Peary and even his own father but throughout he keeps on going, a lesson we could all learn from.
I really enjoyed this film as a family-comedy film and I can’t really say much bad about it. However, as a biopic, it is far from the truth. The real Eddie Edwards has commented that the film is only “10-15% accurate” and some people have been left wondering why the script-writers of this film felt they had to make-up most of it rather than using an existing, incredible story. For this reason only, I’ll have to give ‘Eddie the Eagle’ a nine-out-of-ten, good for anyone looking for a funny comedy, but not for someone researching the past of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.
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