Friday, February 26, 2016

Eddie the Eagle


There are many things in life I don't get.  Among them are people who climb mountains like Everest.  When asked why, the canned answer is just because it's there.  Similarly I don't get people who train for years to compete in some ridiculous event at the Olympics.  Why?  What's the point?  Presumably just because it's there.

Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays real life Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards, who pursued his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics.  Under the tutelage of a jaded former jumper (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie transforms from a kid with a lot of spirit but little talent, to a true competitor. 

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Do you like feel-good, inspirational, "follow your dreams", Disney-esque films?  If so, you'll totally dig it.  Those Brits and Aussies have a charm that's undeniable.

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