Which is better, coming in last and doing your best, or finishing first but not doing your best? I think many of us would prefer to finish first even if we don’t give it our best. Eddie the Eagle (giveaway) is the story of the other guy — the one that gives it his all, but finishes last. And even when he finishes last, he’s excited because he’s pursuing his dream of competing in the Olympics for his country, England. His story is wonderful and his “never give up” attitude is inspiring. Eddie the Eagle is a film most people will enjoy, and I think it will make an excellent Father’s Day gift for dads who enjoy good movies. Eddie the Eagle is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.
Eddie the Eagle is the story of Eddie Edwards’ dream of competing in the Olympics. Ever since Eddie was a young boy, he wanted to compete in the Olympics. When he was young, his determination and enthusiasm more than made up for his lack of athleticism. But by the time Eddie became a young man, his lack of athleticism caught up with him and he failed to make the British downhill ski team. But then Eddie turned his attention to ski jumping when he found out England didn’t have any ski jumpers.
From 15m to 90m
When Eddie began his quest to become an Olympic ski jumper, he started out on the 15m jump. And if we are to believe the movie, Eddie nailed his first jumper at 15m. Then he proceeded to the 40m jump where he crashed and burned over and over again. Eddie couldn’t land the jump until he got some reluctant advice from Bronson Peary, a former American Olympic ski jumper. After Eddie finally nailed the 40m, he began training for the 70m, which is the least dangerous of the two ski jump events at the Olympics. The most dangerous event is the 90m jump, which according to Eddie’s coach, would kill Eddie if he attempted a jump from that high up.
Dreamer or heroic failure?
Eddie the Eagle was a controversial figure in both real life and in the movie. Some fans adored him because he was living his dream of competing in the Olympics. Other people thought he was a joke because the Olympics is suppose to feature athletes that are considered the best of the best. Eddie’s lack of success clearly showed he was far from being one of the best ski jumpers in the world. But no matter what people think, can anyone really fault him for pursuing his dream?
Eddie the Eagle Cast
The star of the movie is Taron Egerton. He plays the part of Eddie the Eagle Edwards. I think he did a good job playing the part of a nerdy dreamer — especially when you consider he was the main secret agent in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eddie the Eagle also stars Hugh Jackman. He’s excellent playing the part of Eddie’s coach, Bronson Peary. Without him, the film probably would have been a dud. Other cast members include Tom Costello (Eddie at 10 years old), Jo Hartley (Janette), Keith Allen (Terry), Dickon Tolson (UK doctor), Jack Costello (Eddie at 15 years old), Mark Benton (Richmond the BOA Official), Tim McInnerny (Dustin Target), Edvin Endre (Matti Nykänen), Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (Erik Moberg), Marc Benjamin (Lars Holbin), Iris Berben (Petra), Rune Temte (Bjørn the Norwegian coach), and Carlton Bunce (old jumper). Eddie the Eagle was directed by Dexter Fletcher.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 106-minute film on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. In addition, it includes a bunch of bonus features:
- Let The Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle Documentary (Blu-ray only)
- All or Nothing: The Hero’s Heart (Blu-ray only)
- An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary (Blu-ray only)
- Attitude is Altitude: Filming the Ski Jumps (Blu-ray only)
- Still Gallery (Blu-ray only)
Eddie the Eagle Synopsis
Taron Egerton co-stars alongside Academy Award Nominee Hugh Jackman in this high-flying, feel-good story inspired by true events. Egerton plays Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, 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), the lovable underdog wins the hearts of fans around the world by making an unforgettable showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
More info: Eddie the Eagle Blu-ray
[Disclosure: I received a Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]