Cool Runnings, Rudy, and McFarland, USA. What do these movies have the one thing in common? A true-life underdog story to honestly root for throughout no matter what. Eddie the Eagle is now a perfect addition in the category of fantastic sports movies. Real life Olympian Eddie “The Eagle” Edward, ever since he was a kid, always wanted to compete in the Olympics. So it seems like now he has the opportunity to become a ski jumper in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, he’ll stop at nothing to represent his country and doing what he loves most. It this pretty predictable? Maybe so. But since this is a true story, when it’s executed right, it doesn’t really matter in the end. Taron Edgerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eddie Edwards did an impressive job. He just gives this real-life athlete the best he can provide. Best role of his by far just proving he’s becoming a great star in the future. Hugh Jackman was really good as his drunk coach, even though it felt like he’s playing himself at parts. But still really good. The music generates into really good sounding music that ultimately fits for a film that depicts the ‘80s very well. And the ski scenes were well directed giving that excitement when each jumping occurs. This was just a story that just lets some like Eddie Edwards to follow his dreams like anyone else could if they have the heart to give it such.
Great performances and a feel good true story about this athlete who wants his dreams to come true, Eddie the Eagle may seem formulaic for a sports film, but it’s still an inspirational underdog story about achieving all possibilities. A-