Overall Rating: 4/5
February 26, 2016
Dir. Dexter Fletcher
Rated PG-13 (for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking)
Eddie the Eagle is a biographical film about Eddie Edwards, the British skier who was the first to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski-jump in 1988. A sportswriter who attended the events in which the real Eddie competed, wrote “three generations of my family loved this film. You can’t believe most of it, but you can believe in it. That’s a subtle but important difference.” I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment; don’t watch this film for historical accuracy, instead watch it for its message. The overall story is true, but the writers have taken some artistic liberties.
Taron Egerton, who plays Eddie, delivers a charming and impressive portrayal of the character who dreams big despite his poor eyesight, bad knees, and other physical disadvantages. Performing alongside him, Hugh Jackman creates an entertaining and comedic chemistry between the two acting as his mentor and coach. There’s an abundance of heart and charm in this film which allows it to overcome its formulaic story and sometimes flat supporting roles. While there are some definite “eye-rolling” moments in the film, you’d be lying if you said it didn’t touch you at all.
The film’s heart and ability to tell an “underdog” sports story without a focus on winning is what puts this film a full step above average.