Eddie the Eagle (2016) is the British feel good film of the year based on true events of the wild ambitious dreams of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards and of his journey to the 1988 Winter Olympics . This story follows his knock-backs throughout childhood, failures into his teens and great achievements of true grit and determination. This British underdog won the hearts of the nation, the press and half of the world by truly following the Olympic creed;
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.“
From the sarcastic, quirky comedy right down the grungy 80’s British set, there are a million and one things any child who has grown up in working class Britain can relate to. My favorite being the back streets in which both young Eddie’s (Jack Costello and Tom Costello) train to one day reach the Olympics. This really resonates with the audience the support and love the people of Britain had for Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, and it was that reality that he really was just like one of us the ‘ordinary folk’ that makes the audience route for him in anticipation throughout the film.
It is claimed that Producer Matthew Vaughn was inspired to create Eddie the Eagle from the popular Olympic underdog story of Cool Runnings (1993) which is also based on a true story from the same winter Olympics. The film references back to the Bobsled team on numerous occasions in a subtle way.
Taron Egerton at first I thought was an unexpected actor to play the role of Eddie Edwards. This was mainly based on his handsomely good looks and the familiar characters we have seen him portray which have more of a ‘violent nature’. But with that being said, Taron Egerton really made this film what it is with help from the also unexpected Hugh Jackman.
If you ever need a pick me up, a few laughs and an example of British bravery – Eddie the Eagle (2016) is the one to watch! It was a great film and i am still smiling from it now!
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