Eddie the Eagle

(2016)

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Title:
Eddie the Eagle
Release Date:
26th February 2016
Runtime:
106 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
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Directors:
Dexter Fletcher
Writers:
Sean Macaulay, Simon Kelton
Languages:
English, German
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 84%
IMDb Rating 7.5

Casts

Dickon Tolson as UK Doctor
Jack Costello as Eddie (15 years old)
Jo Hartley as Janette
Keith Allen as Terry
Tom Costello as Eddie (10 years old)

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by joshh83-283-171837 27th February, 2016

Not an Oscar Winner - But a Satisfying Film

Some films are merely created for entertainment and to tell a story. This is one of those films that you're not going to hear about during award season but it was certainly satisfying and worth the time. Egerton was a perfect choice to play Eddie, from his off beat humor to his on spot facial expressions, and Hugh Jackman is a great compliment as the supporting role. Both characters are total opposites, each flawed in their own way, but really mesh together on screen. The movie is fun and the story, based on the Eddie the Eagles dream of going to the Olympics, was nicely told with clean comedy paced throughout. Not knowing the outcome of the true story, I was on edge rooting for Eddie throughout - just like the crowds in the stands on film. Really glad they made this film, it's such a fun story and Eddie The Eagle is so deserving for a film that honors his hard work dedicated to his Olympic dream. Have fun with this one!

Reviewed by tony r 17th February, 2016

Go see it, better than 90 percent of the garbage out there

Saw this movie at an advance screening and Eddie the Eagle was awesome. The movie did not disappoint at all. Great insight into the story of Eddie Edwards and the sport of ski jumping. Very dangerous sport but very beautiful to look at. The movie had a lot of heart and humor. Will look forward to this movie making its way on Blu-ray. I would gladly pay to add it to my collection. Great visuals as well. I wish the movie gets the praise it deserves as it really is better than a lot of the trash coming thru movie theaters now.

Reviewed by homer-45872 12th February, 2016

Must See feel good Movie

With a nice touch of humor you cannot come away from this movie without feeling a sense of accomplishment regardless of the actual outcome. The movie inspires you to reflect on any challenge we may have faced on our own lives and inspires us to actually rethink how we may have handled it or behaved differently. Taron Edgerton played a very believable character giving the audience a real sense at who Eddie Edwards really was and how he lived his youth through perseverance and fortitude by simply not giving up. The film cleverly portrays this very quickly through a brief introduction into Eddies childhood. The story is written well and the story really gives us a sense of who Eddie is and the drive to fulfill a promise to himself. Hugh Jackman brings a humorous side to the film with just enough serious touch that you do not loose sight of the significant effort that was made by Eddie Edwards. I was glad to be invited to a early preview and hope that all who see this film enjoy it as much as I did.

Reviewed by rbeardslee-97817 11th February, 2016

A Great Movie that left my Wife and I satisfied, inspired and smiling

A very funny, enjoyable and inspiring movie for the whole family. A human interest film that are rare these days with so many movies that rely on bravado and special effects. Based on a true story, which proves if you have dreams from a young age that persist you should follow them no matter what the odds are against them and ignore all the doubters that tell you you cannot achieve them. The human spirit and believing in one's self are very powerful forces. Eddie is a character that you cannot dislike. Hugh Jackman's character helps Eddie achieve his dream since Eddie would not be deterred. Eddie unknowingly helps Hugh Jackman's character out of his funk and he is re-born again. We highly recommend this film.

Reviewed by BigGuy 27th January, 2016

Feel-good Biopic

First of all, I have to say that I'm generally not a fan of biopics, they just aren't the type of movie I seek out. I got tickets to the sneak preview and my wife really wanted to go. Anyway, that preamble out of the way, I really did enjoy the movie. Eddie the Eagle is a story about an underdog in every sense of the word. One theme that is repeated throughout the movie, is the quote from Pierre de Coubertin (father of the modern Olympics), "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." The story follows Eddie from the time he's a little kid with dreams of going to the Olympics. It follows him through his many assorted set-backs, and all the people around him who saw only failure in his future. It also shows the moments when he got helping hands when he most needed it. This movie is about his struggle. The casting in the movie was quite good. I remember Eddie the Eagle from TV when I was young, and Taron Egerton does an excellent job in the role of Eddie. Hugh Jackman puts in a good performance as the coach Bronson Peary, and manages not to overpower Eddie's character. But while Taron Egerton really assumes the part of Eddie, a lot of Hugh Jackman leaks into his role as coach Peary. The roles of Eddie's parents are also well played, and the actress playing his mother, Jo Hartley, gives a particularly poignant portrayal. The father, played by Keith Allen (currently uncredited on IMDb) is a bit of a caricature, but well acted. Actually, a lot of the supporting cast of characters are caricatures, especially the other ski-jumpers/coaches and the British Olympians/Olympic Committee. But to an extent that serves to emphasize the struggle for Eddie. Also, for those intent on seeing this film for Christopher Walked, he has a very small role. While, I have emphasized the struggle aspect of the story, there is a lot of comedy thrown into the mix as well. The tone is upbeat throughout, even when Eddie has setbacks. While some of the failures are played for laughs (mostly early in the film), it's mostly Eddie's perseverance that makes this film endearing. It also feels like we're laughing with Eddie rather than at him, since it seems Eddie's in on the joke. If you're on the fence about seeing this movie, I say give it a shot.