Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher 2016)

We all love a feel good film, a movie to cheer us up on a sad day and one that would motivate you to achieve your dreams, just by watching someone else achieve theirs. Well no film does it better then Eddie the Eagle, a film about a young British man who just wants to be in the Olympics.

eddie eagle poster

Eddie Edwards: [voice over] For as long as I can remember it has been my ambition to become an Olympian. I just needed to find the right sport.

We all know the story of Eddie the Eagle, hell I even know the story and I wasn’t even alive to watch the event. The film is about our beloved Eddie, played by the talented Taron Egerton and his American coach played by Hugh Jackman, attempting to get their lives back in check. Eddie was denied the chance to be a skier so he fought against the odds and learnt ski jumping a lot quicker than your average Olympian. Bronson Peary, a retired jumper promises to help Eddie achieve this dream. However, like all films our hero faces issues and people constantly telling him that he cannot achieve this goal… but since we know the outcome you can kind of assume that everything turns out okay in the end.


Eddie Edwards: I was kicked off every team I was ever on before I even got a chance to prove myself.

Like a lot of films I watch I decided to watch the film because of how hot I think the star is. So I watched this film because of the beautiful Taron Egerton, the star of ‘The Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (Matthew Vaughn. 2015). However, despite Taron doing a fantastic job at playing Eddie (surprisingly) the film would have been a great watch without him. The script was existing and just a pure happy film. There was a few times where I just wanted to run into the screen and give the Eagle a big hug. It’s also fantastic to see his story, I finally found out why he is called Eddie the Eagle! Furthermore, I have so much respect for Eddie after seeing the film, Even if the film is only 50% accurate. Yep trust Hollywood to adapt a story just to please an audience and make a load of cash (but it worked).


I do find that this affects the picture however. Some of the jumps are over exaggerated along with some of his failures. He does a fall within the film that lasts way longer than pretty much the entire track. However, as it is Hollywood we can assume it was just for dramatic effect. We all love a bit of drama.


As the film is set in the 80’s we get a brilliant sound track with some of the best 80’s tracks. I think the music is one of the best things about the movie. CHEESE CHEESE CHEESE!. If you want to add happy to this great film just add some great tunes.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

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