EDDIE THE EAGLE
Delightful Blend of Comedy and Inspiring Sports Movie
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman,
Christopher Walken, Tim
McInnerny, Jo Hartley, Annie
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Executive Producer: Zygi Kamasa
Producer: Adam Bohling, Rupert Maconick,
David Reid, Valerie Van
Galder, Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Simon Kelton, Sean Macaulay
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The movie opens on the childhood of Eddie (Taron Egerton), who has a leg brace as a young boy and wears thick glasses. Eddie’s obsessed with representing England in the Olympics and tries a few sports where he’s a total disaster. Eddie finally settles on being a ski jumper because Britain has no ski jumping team, meaning he’s virtually guaranteed to qualify for the Olympics if he only jumps the required distance for eligibility.
Eddie has such unflappable resolve that even numerous crashes don’t faze him or make him want to quit jumping. His father, a plasterer who’s never understood his son’s athletic dreams, orders him to give up. However, Eddie’s mom sneaks him some money and the keys to his dad’s van while urging him to go for his dreams.
At the main ski jump training school in Germany, Eddie develops a rivalry with Norwegian skiers and their coach, who all mock him. He’s disheartened to find that the other British Olympic athletes and coaches disrespect him as well. Just as he’s about to give up hope, he meets Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), former British Olympic ski jumper, who blew his career because of a drinking problem.
Peary takes pity on Eddie and admires his drive and determination. So, the two men team up for a string of inventive, entertaining training exercises while crisscrossing Europe for qualifying matches. The suspense and comedy involved in showing how far Eddie will go, and if Bronson can redeem himself as well, drive the movie to a very satisfying conclusion.
EDDIE THE EAGLE pulls off a remarkable balance between comedy and inspirational sports movie, succeeding in creating a blend that’s rarely been achieved so successfully before this. The stars, especially Taron Egerton in a role that’s unrecognizably different than his star turn in last year’s abhorrent spy movie, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, are uniformly terrific and entertaining to watch. The movie has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. Also, the conflict between the title character and his father has a positive, poignant resolution, as do the character arcs of Eddie and his troubled coach. Add in the fact that EDDIE THE EAGLE has no detectable foul language and only a couple of passing, mild sexual references, and you have a delightful movie that will attract media-wise parents, teenagers and discerning adults hungry for uplifting entertainment.
EDDIE THE EAGLE pulls off a remarkable balance between comedy and inspirational sports movie. Family plays an important role in the plot and character arcs. The performances, especially by Taron Egerton as Eddie, are uniformly excellent. EDDIE THE EAGLE has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. As a result of all this, EDDIE THE EAGLE succeeds in creating a delightful blend that’s rarely been achieved so successfully. Caution is advised for older children for some drunkenness and mild, brief suggestive content.