Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Story: Comedy sports drama directed by Dexter Fletcher and produced by Matthew Vaughn which is inspired by the most famous ski jumper in British history Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), better known as “Eddie the Eagle”. Edwards became a national hero by becoming the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He was a particular dark horse to achieve this placement, since he had no funding and his farsightedness forced him to wear glasses under his goggles, making him virtually blind during the jumps.
The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport, celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.
Verdict: Inspirational feel good movie that completely embraces all forms of clichés and yet manages to not feel tired or hackneyed. This could have easily been a cookie cutter biopic but the fact that it’s so easy-going and fun to watch it puts it above the rest. Egerton does a great job in portraying Eddie and makes him more than just a sympathetic character and his chemistry with Jackman works really well. The movie is satisfying and a crowd-pleaser.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 28)
Eddie Edwards: [voice over] I was in the hospital for a year when I was a kid. All the doctors said I should give up sports.
Janette Edwards: Where do you think you’re going, young man?
Young Eddie: The Olympics.
Janette Edwards: You better take this to put your medals in.
[she hands him a tin box]
Young Eddie: Thanks, mum.
Eddie’s Dad: Eddie, you are not an athlete!
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.
BOA Official: [to Eddie] Britain hasn’t had a ski jumper since 1929.
Eddie Edwards: I’m going to be a ski jumper.
Janette Edwards: He’s going to break his neck.
Eddie’s Dad: I’m gonna break his neck.
Bronson Peary: [to Eddie] The time to start jumping is when you’re five or six.
Eddie Edwards: I heard you were a champion so I was thinking maybe you could give me a few tips.
Bronson Peary: Give up. There’s one for free.
Bronson Peary: Watch this guy, number two in the world.
[as Eddie watches the guy ski jump the guy falls and screams in pain]
Bronson Peary: And he knew what he was doing.
Bronson Peary: [to Eddie] You’re not gonna give up, are you?
Bronson Peary: You want your moment, Eddie, you gotta do this for real.
Bronson Peary: [to Eddie] Our strategies will be described as ugly but effective.
Target: The Olympics is associated with certain qualities: Excellence, achievement. They have no desire to associate with defeat.
Bjørn Norwegian Coach: You’re a disgrace to the sport.
Bronson Peary: Good.
[Eddie gives him the thumbs up from down below after doing a ski jump]
Bronson Peary: Personal best! And we’re a disgrace!
Target: Mr. Edwards.
BOA Official: Your jump doesn’t count.
Eddie Edwards: Because you just changed the rules. Don’t I have a right to represent my country?
Eddie Edwards: [voice over] My dream’s turned into a nightmare.
Eddie’s Dad: It’s world that doesn’t want to know you!
Eddie Edwards: So what’s new?
Eddie Edwards: The British Olympics Association is trying to stop me. I have to do this!
Eddie Edwards: I was kicked off every team I was ever on before I even got a chance to prove myself.
Eddie Edwards: I take jumping very seriously. Nearly as much as proving people wrong.
Janette Edwards: And where do you think you’re going?
Eddie Edwards: The Olympics.
Janette Edwards: I thought you might need this.
[she holds up the tin box that she had given him when he was young and Eddie embraces her]
Bronson Peary: [to Eddie] It’s higher than you jumped before, faster than you’ve gone before. You’re gonna break bones, you’re lucky if you can walk again.
Bronson Peary: [to Eddie] As your coach I think you’re crazy, but as your friend; fly.
Bronson Peary: You’re Eddie the Eagle.
Eddie Edwards: So is this the bit where you say, “I told you so?”
Bronson Peary: No, this is where I say that without the booze I wouldn’t even have the guts to do that jump. As your coach I think you’re crazy.
Eddie Edwards: I don’t know what I was thinking.
Bronson Peary: But as your friend, I say you gotta do it. This is your moment.
Eddie Edwards: I need a practice jump.
Bronson Peary: What do you need to know you don’t know already? It’s higher than you’ve jumped before, you’re gonna go faster than you’ve gone before, you’re gonna fly farther than your tiny little brain can handle, but it’s just a jump. You know, it’s simple.
Bronson Peary: Eddie, listen. You got more dedication, you got more heart and spirit than any of those jumpers out there. Any of them. I mean, Jesus, I spent six months trying to get rid of you. You’re a gum on my shoe, you never gave up. I mean, are you gonna give up now? At the Olympics? This is your moment. You’re Eddie the Eagle, man.
Bronson Peary: Do it right or don’t do it at all.
Total Quotes: 28