If you’ve ever watched ski jumping and thought to yourself: “My God, these people must be mad!”, this feel-good film will prove you right. Eddie the Eagle tells the true story of underdog Olympian Michael Edwards, who in 1988 made his mark in the Winter Olympics for Great Britain.
What’s it about? Eddie the Eagle tells the true story of underdog Olympian Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who in 1988 competed in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics for Great Britain – without ever having practised the sport until shortly before Olympic tryouts began. It’s a remarkable story about determination and stamina.
What’s it really about? What matters is not the victory, but the struggle
- You’re looking for a feel-good winter themed film to watch curled up on your sofa, either with your friends, partner, or family
- You’re always rooting for the underdog: Michael Edwards’s is a testament to the fact that you don’t need a medal to be proud of your achievements
- You love the 1993 Disney classic Cool Runnings: The story of Eddie the Eagle takes place at the same Winter Olympics in Calgary where the Jaimacan bob-sled team made history. And it’s equally inspiring, entertaining and endearing
- You’ve ever watched ski jumping and thought: how on earth do you train for that? The training montages in this film will leave you with even more appreciation and respect for the pure lunacy of the people competing in this event
- You can’t resist a sports films that features a compelling mentor-mentée relationship such as Remember the Titans or Cool Runnings: if you wouldn’t watch this film for the story, rest assured that the naturally avuncular chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Taran Egerton would carry any film
Most memorable scene: The training montage is always the best part of a sports film, isn’t it?
Most memorable quote:
Eddie Edwards: I take jumping very seriously. In fact I love it. I love it very nearly as much as proving people wrong.
Where can I watch? Eddie the Eagle is available for streaming on Amazon, Maxdome, iTunes and Netflix Canada.
Eddie the Eagle (2015): Directed by Dexter Fletcher; running-time 1h 46mins.; starring Taron Egerton (Kingsmen), Hugh Jackman (Logan).