Go see it, better than 90 percent of the garbage out there (by asrivarde)
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.
Must See feel good Movie (by homer-45872)
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 <more>
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.
Surprise Hit. A real feel good movie 2016 FAV (by lemontmom2)
I had free early preview tickets for this movie and forgot to use them. My daughter came home from school and told me it was released today and she wanted to see it. I was like what the hay. It was a surprise hit in my book. The casting was great, story flowed well, and the ending was a tear jerker. Was not a big budget, well advertised film, but sometimes those can be the most satisfying. I would highly recommend to anyone. One of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long time. This movie really exceeded all of our expectations I can't wait for the DVD. Hugh Jackman was fabulous <more>
the main character Eddie was perfectly cast. I'm not sure what else to say but his is a must see movie.
A Great Movie that left my Wife and I satisfied, inspired and smiling (by rbeardslee-97817)
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 <more>
deterred.Eddie unknowingly helps Hugh Jackman's character out of his funk and he is re-born again.We highly recommend this film.
Feel good and let the tears of happiness flow! (by nrau)
My husband and I saw this in a free screening prior to it opening for regular audiences, and I even wondered if I loved it so much because it was free, but I think I would have liked it just as much had I paid to see it! I do think that the movie benefits from being shown on a big wide screen with all the outdoor scenes - not sure I would have liked it so much had I seen it on a TV size screen. I felt all the characters were perfectly cast. While it may seem like a nit, the only annoying factor to me was that Eddie's glasses were falling down his nose the whole time - and while I know <more>
that was part of the character, it drove me crazy watching him!! However, the movie kept my interest the entire time, and was extremely enjoyable. By the end, I had tears of happiness streaming down my face - definitely one of the best feel-good movies I have seen in a long time!! HIGHLY recommend!!
The many adventures of a soar ing loser (by StevePulaski)
For as simplistically structured and utterly predictable as "Eddie the Eagle" is, it's only more amazing that it winds up being such a triumph of a film. A major-minor film, if you will; one that will be casually embraced or dismissed by critics much like its titular hero but truly loved and appreciated by audiences, especially audiences who love watching the underdog come out on top. While part of my unspoken duty as a film critic is to demand more from a film, to do so with "Eddie the Eagle," a film that plays it safe and keeps everything entertaining thanks to its <more>
committed cast and the respectful treatment of its subject, seems foolish given on how well it stands on its own two-feet.The film revolves around Eddie Edwards Taron Egerton , a young British man who, from a very tender age, aspired to become an Olympian, despite his parents' lack of money and his father's modest expectations for his son to become a plasterer like himself. Eddie's determination always found a way to either get him hurt or in trouble, but he never cared to stop, not even after his tenth pair of glasses or the increasing number of bruises on his body.Eddie's incorruptible determination is predicated upon one end goal; proving people wrong by earning a spot in the skijumping competition in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Eddie's quirky attitude, lack of coordination, and leg braces make him the perfect underdog candidate, and with little guidance, plus a late start in the sport compared to his competitors, he enlists in the help of Bronson Peary Hugh Jackman , a once-promising skijumper under the coach of the renowned Warren Sharp Christopher Walken turned bitter, pompous alcoholic. Peary agrees to help coach Eddie in landing, so he doesn't make a complete fool out of himself around the more seasoned jumpers.It doesn't take long for Eddie's promise to be communicated to Peary in the boldest way. Through all his quirks and eccentricities, Eddie is a lot of things, but not a quitter, even when Olympic officials laugh in his face, competitors sneer and mock him, and even Peary himself demeans him. Almost everything Eddie says to people results in a jab back in his direction, and instead of fighting back, let alone instigating or being bitter, Eddie persists on towards his goal. "I love jumping," he states at one press conference, "nearly as much as I love proving people wrong." Screenwriters Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton are in such an easy position to turn "Eddie the Eagle" into, what I call, an "anti-character study," similar to the Adam Sandler films of the 1990's, where we take a buffoon character and just pick on him for the entire course of the film. Macaulay and Kelton realize they are operating on a field of landmines for this character in terms of making him the butt of every joke, but through a sensitive lens, they portray a sweet, sincere hero, who gets poked and prodded frequently, but never at the expense of cheap laughs. The respect they give Edwards is quite remarkable and mature, given the direction that would've easily sold more tickets.However, audience members who choose to go to the theater to see this film after the unusually high amounts of drudgery they've been subjected to the past two months will be gifted with a tremendously fun and heartwarming picture with two strong performances at its core. Even though Jackman's role of the belligerent, self-indulgent hulk is one he can sleepwalk, he still does a strong job at conveying the character without an unlikable edge - as if Macaulay and Kelton tried so hard to make the titular character a sympathetic one that they couldn't risk corrupting the tone by making Peary completely unlikable. But, as one can predict, the star here is Egerton, who is nearly unrecognizable compared to his surly but high-octane performance in "Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was directed by "Eddie the Eagle"'s executive producer Matthew Vaughn, in addition to coming with the stamp of Vaughn's production company, "Marv." Vaughn's production company has, yet again, proved itself by giving us a wholesome picture, filled with cleanly edited and shot scenes that carry a decidedly retrograde vibe and an aesthetic warmness that makes for a visually appealing film and one of the best uses of Van Halen's "Jump" ever committed to film .Here, Egerton gives a sensitive performance of an instantly likable character who has been doubted before he was ever given a chance to prove himself, and through a tender lens, director Dexter Fletcher and company prove that is something that we all want; to be taken seriously and to be, at the very least, respected. By giving us a character who is treated with everything but respect for most of his life, we're reminded that most of us simply want a shot at glory before we can be criticized. "Eddie the Eagle," once more, plays similar tunes, but it's so well-versed and impressive with the familiar that it's also a cogent reminder that one doesn't need to break boundaries to tell a story that's important; all it needs is a different thematic direction and a couple of strong performances.
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 <more>
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.
Not an Oscar Winner - But a Satisfying Film (by joshh83-283-171837)
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 <more>
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!
Taron continues to impress as 'Eggsy' sic the Eagle (by bob-the-movie-man)
The British love a plucky loser. "Eddie the Eagle" tells the astonishing but true story of everyman plasterer Eddie Edwards who qualified for, and then competed in, the Calgary Olympics in 1988 probably most famous for those other plucky losers – the Jamaican bobsleigh team of Disney's "Cool Runnings" fame . I have absolutely no idea how the traditionally more success-driven and competitive American audience will see it, but the packed English showing I attended all clearly loved this film as a feel-good classic.The film starts with Eddie's childhood, struggling <more>
out of leg braces to try to pursue his Olympic dream with no success whatsoever. Excellent performances here by brothers Tom and Jack Costello who set-up the tone for the film . His battle is not just against his lack of skill: whilst his mother Jo Hartley is quietly supportive, his father Terry Keith Allen is – not unreasonably it must be said – hugely frustrated at his son's fanciful ideas, wanting him to follow in the family plastering tradition with the same zeal. The gulf in ambition is vast – Eddie: "Didn't you have a dream when you were younger Dad?"; Terry: "Yes, plastering". Eventually Eddie finds a sport he is half decent in by British standards! : downhill skiing, but is thwarted in following his Olympic dreams by smarmy and sneering Olympic selector Dustin Target, played by Tim McInnerny from "Black Adder" and "Notting Hill" someone who has rather cornered the market on 'smarmy and sneering' . It is then that he exploits ancient rules in the UK Olympic playbook to try to qualify in the discipline of ski-jumping: something no one has done since the 1920's. Linking up in Austria with an alcohol-infused coach and ex- jumper Bronson Peary Hugh Jackman , Eddie faces the terrors of the 40m and then 70m jumps to try to learn the sport 16 years too late .This film has been long in gestation, with both Steve Coogan and Rupert Grint originally earmarked for the role. But Matthew Vaughn's involvement in the current project probably contributed to Taron Egerton getting the job following their work together on last year's "Kingsman". And a great choice he is too. Almost unrecognizable from the sharp- suited Eggsy in "Kingsman" and gangster-sidekick Teddy in "Legend", Egerton switches effortlessly between clueless goofball and steely determined sportsman. The film's emotional heart though is with Hugh Jackman's side-story, battling with drink after throwing his own chance away with US-coach Warren Sharp a nice cameo by Christopher Walken . Although going a little OTT at times we see for example that he is no Meg Ryan! , Jackman provides a solid acting foundation that the rest of the cast can play off.Rounding out the cast are solid performances from Jo Hartley "This is England" as Eddie's Mum, Mark Benton "Waterloo Road" as a BOA official, Rune Temte as a bear of a Norwegian coach and the ever-warming Jim Broadbent as a BBC commentator.An 'attaboy' should also go to the special effects crew headed up by Marty McLaughlin for making believe a man can fly. Whilst – you understand – not in any way doubting Jackman's ability to risk his pretty face on a 90m jump, the nighttime sequence of him doing that jump is really nicely executed with cinematography by George Richmond .A quick browse at Wikipedia will make it clear that there has been a lot of license taken with this as a "true story", and to be fair the prefix "based on a.." was used! And the film is not without irritations: Terry's negativity to his son's actions is about 25% overplayed in Simon Kelton's story, and the coach/protégé sub-plot has been overused in the past. The soundtrack music by Matthew Margeson is also rather grating particularly early on in the film: it is presumably going for 'period' in its use of Hammond organ cheesiness, but that music was tiresome in the 80's too! Fortunately Margeson redeems himself with some kick-ass no pun intended classic 80's tracks neatly edited into the action.These criticisms aside, I dare you to come out of this film without a silly grin on your face. I certainly did. Directed by Dexter Fletcher "Sunshine on Leith" it's not likely to win any Oscars, but in setting out to deliver what it said on the can it succeeded in all respects. Please visit bob-the-movie-man.com to see the graphical version of this review. You can also subscribe there for future reviews. Thanks.