Cary, NC — Eddie the Eagle tells the true story of Eddie Edwards, one of Britain’s first Olympic ski jumpers in the 80s who defied all odds at the 1988 Winter Olympics. I’m a sucker for sports films, and, thanks to funny and charismatic performances from Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Hugh Jackman, Eddie the Eagle proves to be a highly entertaining underdog story.
Newcomer Egerton Proves Himself Worthy
Egerton isn’t a huge name yet, but he starred in last year’s fun spy flick Kingsman: The Secret Service with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. In that film, Egerton played strong, suave and confident – every trait you’d expect a British secret agent to have. Here, though, Egerton does a 180. Eddie Edwards is clumsy, odd-looking and un-sportsman like in every way.
For whatever reason, though, he always had the drive to excel at sports despite his lack of ability. Egerton fits into this dweeb-ish skin with relish. It’s clear he wanted to do the exact opposite of his last film, and he is quickly showing his versatility.
Jackman Gives Strong and Funny Support
Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) plays Eddie’s ski coach – a former champion in his own time who’s now considered washed up. Jackman is a jack of all trades. He sings, he dances and he can do drama and action. Here, he gets to flex his comic muscles. His character, Bronson, is hilarious. He is very aware of his washed up reputation and he uses that to his advantage at every turn, not caring about who or what is in his path along the way.
He’s very much a supporting character, but it’d be hard to deny that Jackman kind of steals the show.
A Very Worthwhile Sports Film
A film like this lives or dies on its ability to entertain.
There aren’t many surprises here, and if you’ve seen one sports underdog story you’ve seen ‘em all. But Eddie the Eagle does it all just right. It keeps the laughs coming but never at the expense of its characters. It gives you time to get to know them and like them just enough that you actually care to see how it all plays out. Like I said, I’m a sucker for sports movies, and Eddie the Eagle just proves that that won’t change anytime soon. Definitely worth the watch.