Run time: 106 mins
Witness the extraordinary tale of Great Britain’s most unlikely of heroes in Dexter Fletcher’s feel-good dramedy.
The story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is one of British folklore. It’s 1988. Take one failed downhill skier, a never-say-die attitude and an impending Winter Olympics, throw them together and you have the first ever British competitor in the ski jump.
Taron Edgerton who excelled in 2015’s Kingsman and more recently as Elton John in Rocketman, plays the loveable underdog whose implausible appearance at Calgary captured the hearts and minds of a nation and beyond.
“I was ready to lift Eddie up on my shoulders and parade him through the streets myself. There’s a reason mainstream film-makers stick to this formula: it works.” (Guardian)
“Eddie The Eagle turns a long-running joke of British sport into a crowd-pleasing story of inspiration. It’s a solid gold winner.” (Empire)
Yes, it all sounds very Cool Runnings, but even with a significant amount of gloss and embelishment, the truth of the story retains its importance, making for a memorable if slightly zany tribute to one of sport’s most unexpected legends. (Research Chris Coetsee) As heart lifting as crash landings get. Heroic indeed.