Release Date: 3 Aug 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray UV
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, Jo Hartley
Win or lose, always aim high. Olympic glory is something that many kids crave – many adults too, even when they’re past their prime.
Young Brit Michael Edwards was no different, despite being hamstrung by woeful eyesight and a rather stodgy figure. But he persevered, and became quite a good downhill skier – yet not good enough for the Olympics. So, he decided to take on the dangers of ski-jumping instead – the first such English Olympian since the 1920s to do so.
Taron Egerton steps up as Eddie, while Hugh Jackman plays his (fictional) louche American coach Bronson Peary. From childhood through training and onto the big event, Eddie the Eagle is a fabulous feel-good family flick all the way, in a similar vein to 1993’s true tale of Jamaican bobsledders Cool Runnings – which, incidentally, happened at the same Olympics. There must have been something in that lovely Canadian air, eh?