Review: Eddie the Eagle

Based upon the true story of British ski jumper, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, ‘Eddie the Eagle’ documents the life of its eponymous hero from his difficult childhood of disability up until his most famous Olympic moment. Told in a similar way to the fantastic but largely fictional ‘Cool Runnings’ (in fact, the Jamaican bobsledders are briefly mentioned in the movie), this movie takes rather a few liberties with the truth but at its heart warming core is a very relatable message of tenacity and determination.

Taron Egerton is incredibly likeable as Eddie, the irreproachable young man who simply won’t give up, no matter the obstacle. His infectious fight to succeed touches everyone around him and it isn’t long before arrogant and disinterested former jumper, Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), is rooting for him and helping with his training. What stands out most is Eddie’s innocent, irrepressible enthusiasm; nothing brings him down and he simply doesn’t know how to give up. The constant (almost marriage-breaking) support of his mother (Jo Hartley) pushes him when his dreams seem out of reach which goes a long way to explain Eddie’s personality and while his father is much more realistic, the love he has for his son shines through making it an enjoyable family life to watch.While it may not be entirely factual, the essence of Eddie’s story is well and truly captured in this highly entertaining story. ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is funny, heart warming, poignant and  inspiring showing that the most unlikely of people can achieve the unthinkable.

MY VERDICT 

‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a great little Brit flick the encompasses everything that a true underdog story should and the fact that it is based on a real-life unlikely hero just puts the icing on the cake. Due to some injury caused by falls and relatively mild sexual references, we feel this movie should be appropriate for kids aged seven and over.

  • Violence: 1/5 (a character is punched in the face and collapses to the floor. A few bad falls from ski jumps which are likely to result in serious injury)
  • Emotional Distress: 1/5 (some disappointment at rejections but nothing too upsetting)
  • Fear Factor: 0/5
  • Sexual Content: 2/5 (a man walks into a sauna full of naked men unabashedly lounging around, he is instantly very uncomfortable and does everything he can to not look at their nudity)
  • Bad Language: 2/5 (some infrequent mild cursing and blasphemy)
  • Dialogue: 1/5
  • Other Notes: Deals with themes of not giving up, tenacity, adapting your circumstances according to your skill, prejudice, accepting your weaknesses, supporting your loved ones, Olympic dreams and doing all you can to achieve greatness.

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