Movie Review: Eddie The Eagle (2016)

Sports stories. Especially true stories. These are just one of those movies that inspires. And that speaks the same for ‘Eddie The Eagle’, a biographical sports film based on the story of British ski jumper Eddie Edwards who achieved his dream of representing Great Britain in the 1988 Winter Games.

Of course, it’s understandable that ‘not everything’ in any ‘true-story’ movie really happened, but for producers, it’s as close as it could be. Let’s check out the trailer and get a glimpse of it..

Know what really makes this encouraging? All the discouragements he’s been getting — right from childhood. Yeah, even from his father! Well, it’s not because his father doesn’t believe in Eddie but because his father cares. He doesn’t want Eddie to be disappointed or his wife hurt considering Eddie has physical disabilities to begin with. So, how could one even think of being an Olympian?!

Still, he continued his self-training while growing up with all those dejections — where even the country’s sporting body doesn’t want him in — showing he’s got the heart of a champion.

Then again, while one must really have a strong character and focus to keep going — truth is, it’s the ‘wind beneath our wings’ that pushes us to succeed. And that is having at least one person in this world who believes in us, who’d be with us no matter what. In Eddie’s case, t’was his mom. Then, a mentor who’d help you be you.

The 'real' Eddie Edwards on the inset
The ‘real’ Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards on the inset

The movie was long enough to bring its message across, as Warren Sharp said ‘a true Olympian is not just about a God-given skill set, it’s about never giving up no matter what; knowing that doing your best is the only option even if it results in failure’ — but because many would want to see some ‘love story’ in the film, Eddie The Eagle only surpassed its $23M budget with a $41M box office so far.


At the end of the day, we’re humans. We need a reason to live for. To share our moments and all. Unless one is deeply selfish or greedy then he’d prioritize goals over lasting attachment.


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