Eddie The Eagle DVD Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (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 (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. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

The Review
This story, along with 'Cool Runnings', which is referred to in Eddie The Eagle, is possibly one of two highlights of the 1988 Winter Olympics, which in history, will possibly overshadow the achievements of the more serious competitors of those games. Eddie's story put back into the Olympics what many people would say has been missing for many years, the joy of competing. This film does very well to highlight that fact. And for me personally, I felt it a very sobering thought. Having said that, Eddie was completely serious about competing at the Olympics which the film takes great lengths to show us.

As a film, Eddie The Eagle was a pleasure to watch. It's funny, it's factual (for most parts) and it's uplifting. The English do love supporting the 'underdog' and this is certainly a classic tale told of just such a thing. I also thought that Taron Egerton's performance as Eddie, although framed in a light hearted drama which was verging on comedy, was outstanding. The young secret agent from 'The Kingsman' was almost unrecognisable as himself as he took on the persona of a slightly nerdy kind of guy. I enjoyed his subtle attention to detail from body movements when walking around in the snow or down the street. The temptation for an actor to 'overcook' the character's idiosyncrasies is often a trap that many actors have fallen into. I could have sworn that Egerton wore glasses. His mannerisms were perfect. It's a shame that he probably won't be recognised for his efforts because of the light hearted nature of the film.

Hugh Jackman plays a supporting role as Eddie's American coach who was a former Olympic ski jumper himself, and adds an entertaining second story which really does contribute to the whole 'against all odds' feel-good experience. There is even a cameo appearance from Christopher Walken as Jackman's former coach, who ties up the whole happy story ending.

The Verdict
An enjoyable film. I was suitably impressed. I didn't think I would enjoy this film as much as I did but was glad to have seen it. I think the humour was just right. Too many laughs would have lost the element of this being based on a true story. Definitely a positive, light hearted film that you'll not regret. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it a real winner.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 24th August 2016
Rating: PG Contains coarse language and sexual references
Duration: 106 minutes
Genre: Comedy Drama
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello
Director: Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith)

The Extras
On June 6, 2015, the real-life Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards told BBC news that the movie will be 90% made up. Edwards said, "I've been warned only 10 to 15% of it is based on my life."

Taron Egerton said he was in awe of co-star Hugh Jackman's physique. He said, "Hugh Jackman has got guns to die for. Have you seen his arms? They are bigger than my head!"

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards failed to qualify for the 1994 and 1998 Olympics because the committee raised the qualification standards. The committee called the new qualifications the "Eddie The Eagle Rule."

Nils Vettori, son of 1992 Olympic ski jumping champion Ernst Vettori, appears as an extra. He plays a ski jumper in the outrun of the hill.

About 20 seconds into the official trailer, two football shirts appear on a clothesline; a maroon one with the number 5 and a green one with the number 1. It's a reference to the 2012 Scottish Cup final, where Heart of Midlothian beat city rivals Hibernian 5-1.

The second time Taron Egerton, Matthew Vaughn, and Gary Barlow have worked together on a film. The first was Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).