“The most important thing is not the victory but the struggle.”
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken
Synopsis: The real-life story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards’ (Taron Egerton) rally against the odds to become a British record-breaking Olympian under the guidance of Hugh Jackman’s bitter and drunk former ski champion, Bronson Peary.
Nefarious Norwegians. A grouchy old trainer with a regret filled past. An unsupportive father. A plucky underdog. And a montage…naturally. Eddie the Eagle’s tale of one man’s uphill (downhill?) struggle to become an Olympic ski jumper is about as by the letter as you could possibly imagine.
Taron Egerton’s gurning caricature of a lead brings the heart with a broad yet likeable turn. He’s placed front and centre of the jokes, and whilst they land and flop in equal measures (often more smirk inducing rather than laugh out loud funny), it’s always well meaning, feel good, heartfelt stuff.
You’d need to be pretty heartless not to get swept up in his accomplishments by the close. Sure, it’s spectacularly, unashamedly clichéd. But against all the odds, it’s actually rather nice. Fitting, really.
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