Sunday, 10 April 2016

#29 EDDIE THE EAGLE

Starring, Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Written by Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay and directed by Dexter Fletcher. Budget $23 million. 105 minutes long.

The biography of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (Taron Egerton) who, as a young boy, dreamed of competing in the Olympics and finally settled on the Winter version. The film follows him as he realises his dreams with the help of former disgraced Olympic ski jumper and alcoholic, Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), who goes on to win his own redemption through training the plucky Brit. This is the classic, much-loved, story trope of the classic sporting underdog winning against the odds.

Well, this is one of those films, you have to have a heart of cold stone not to be moved by, it's the perfect feel good movie, one you really wish was true, but sadly you quickly learn that most of what happens is ficionalised to make a good movie, still it's wonderful and the message at the core of it - it's not the winning, it's the competing - stops it from becoming hateful. With a splendid cast, Taron Egerton, who first came to prominence in last year's Kingsmen, is impossible not to like as Eddie and Hugh Jackman as Peary, the movie's fictional trainer comes to the party packing an extra suitcase worth of charisma. Nicely directed and with some terrific, vertigo-inducing ski-jumping sequences, this is a movie that will leave you with a spring in your step and a lump in your throat.

Great fun, loved every second. Well worth a watch.  

8/10

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