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.
This film is about as British as they come, celebrating our love for the underdog in every shape and form. The unexpected hero of the real-life story is Michael Edwards (played by Taron Egerton), a determined ski-jumper with little chance of succeeding in his dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. However his courage at having a go, even though he was dismissed and criticised by many of those around him is as heart warming as it is inspirational. Keep trying even if you’re mocked, is the message that comes through loud and clear. With his unconventional training methods and coach (played by Hugh Jackman) redefining how we measure success this is the embodiment of a ‘feel good’ movie. There’s even a little cameo from Christopher Walken (in a winter wonderland!). What’s not to love?
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