Eddie the Eagle

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Eddie the Eagle

This mostly fictional comedy biopic takes liberties with the legend of British Olympic oddball Eddie Edwards.

Real-life Eddie Edwards was an unusual Olympic hero. An amateur ski-jumper from Cheltenham, England, he came in dead last at the 1988 Winter Games, but won the audience over with his wacko charm. However, this eager-to-please biopic of Edwards couldn’t be more conventional if it tried. Director Dexter Fletcher turns every cheap trick in the book, from training montages to creaky slapstick to (groan) a punch-the-air finale scored to Van Halen’s "Jump." Imagine Cool Runnings but with a pasty-faced dork standing in for the entire Jamaican bobsled team and you’ve got the general idea.

Taron Egerton’s lead performance verges on bad taste, playing Edwards as a squinting social outcast fuelled by a crazed obsession to "have his moment." The opportunity arises when he meets alcoholic ex-jumper Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), who takes this crazy kid under his wing. 

Peary, though, is an entirely fictional creation. The film never admits it, but almost everything here has been invented for the screen. That leaves a bad taste: Edwards is still very much alive, and his story is bizarre enough without embellishment. Eddie the Eagle may suffice for a brainless Friday night, but an honest account would have been a lot more memorable.

Release details

Rated:
PG-13
Release date:
Friday February 26 2016
Duration:
105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Dexter Fletcher
Screenwriter:
Simon Kelton, Sean Macaulay
Cast:
Taron Egerton
Hugh Jackman
Christopher Walken
Rune Temte

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Remember 1993 and its amazing – funny and heart-warming – Disney bobsled movie, ‘Cool Running’? If you’re like me and watched that movie a thousand times, then you’ll love ‘Eddie the Eagle’, following the story of another 1988 Winter Olympic oddball.


Yes this movie took some liberties, yes Eddie’s coach is entirely fictional, but what film isn’t a biased version of reality? Once you’ve forgotten about the tweaks to the story, you’ll be sincerely hooked. It’s a nice, positive, crowd-pleasing, feel-good movie, but never naff and weirdly inspiring. Taaron Egerton plays an oddly likeable underdog that proves a champion can come from anywhere. Funny but never the butt of the joke, Eddie becomes a hero in our hearts – not because of his skills or innate abilities, but because he achieves his dream solely with his own hard work. Hugh Jackman plays a perfect second role, funny in his own right, but never overshadowing Taaron’s performance.


You leave the cinema feeling good and with a huge smile on your face, because this reminds you that it genuinely is the taking part that counts.