We’re all fans of the underdog story, right? You know, where the main character is written off, and he/she spends most of the film overcoming their obstacles and, ultimately, triumphs. Now, some of these films may come off as cheesy and even predictable. I won’t lie, Eddie the Eagle is one of those movies. The inspiring story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is captured in heroic fashion, starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman) and Hugh Jackman (X-Men). Despite the predictability and unoriginal storyline of Eddie the Eagle, it feels just as triumphant and heart-warming as other underdog films.
The real standout part of this film was undeniably Taron Egerton. Egerton delivered an exceptional performance in 2015’s Kingsman, playing off of Colin Firth. But, it is really in Eddie the Eagle that he solidifies himself, in my mind, as an actor to be reckoned with. Egerton looks almost unrecognizable as the British skier, and plays up the amateur, underdog personality of the character, which is an entirely different persona than the suave Eggsy of Kingsman. Hugh Jackman is solid as well, and, hey… There’s a Christopher Walken cameo!
As mentioned, there’s nothing inventive or surprising about this film. Actually, the surprising thing is that it does the underdog story well, maybe even great. The score of the film is just as retro as Eddie’s wardrobe, which gives this film all the more character. And, there’s a fairly emotional thread that runs throughout Eddie the Eagle, between Eddie and his mom. Hate to admit it, but it actually got me teary-eyed. (Don’t laugh)
Eddie the Eagle delivers, and then some, on the quirky and fun aspects shown in the trailer. We all need a feel-good movie every once in a while, and this one may do it the best in 2016. And hey, you can even see Deadpool himself Ryan Reynolds interview Hugh Jackman about this movie!
Will you be seeing Eddie the Eagle in theaters?