Disclosure: I received a sample of Eddie the Eagle for the purpose of this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Presents
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron 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 (played by Hugh 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 lovable underdog with a never say die attitude.
I definitely am interested in watching this movie. I tend to love sports feel good movies, even if it doesn’t end with Eddie winning the gold medal. It is intriguing to note that the Olympic committee put new regulations in place after his appearance specifically designed to block anyone else from doing this. The new rule required all competitors to have qualified in the top 50 or the top 30 percent in international competition to be eligible for the Olympics. The highest Eddie ever ranked was 55. That said, he never gave up and aggressively attempted to work to make the next three Olympics but never quite made it.
Overall the effort that Eddie put in and the dedication he showed to trying to constantly make it back to the Olympics shows just how much he believed in what he was doing. He may never have won a medal but he won a lot of hearts in his attempt.
Eddie the Eagle is currently available on Digital HD, and will arrive on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 6/14.