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Eddie the Eagle – Based on a True Never Give Up Story

Reviewed by on Feb 29, 2016
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski jumper who never stopped believing in himself. Read Ryans movie review.

Reviewed by: KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Ryan R., age 12

Eddie the Eagle Video Review



I was truly delighted to watch the new film, Eddie the Eagle because it is an astoundingly energizing and powerful film. I love to watch films based on true stories and this is an unquestionably good one. In this film, you will see the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an Olympic British ski jumper and learn how his determination enabled him to participate in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Peary and Eddie celebrate his best Olympic jumpPeary and Eddie celebrate his best Olympic jump

This movie tells the story of Eddie the Eagle (Taron Egerton) and shows the tough obstacles that Eddie overcame to achieve his dream of participating in the Olympics.

I love how this movie doesn’t feel rushed. I love the casting.  Taron Egerton looks identical to real Eddie and plays him with conviction. Hugh Jackman also gives a great performance.  Jo Hartley, who plays Eddie’s mom, gives a stunning performance of a mother who supports her child’s dreams no matter what.  The 80s soundtrack also plays an important role in the movie, since it is the type of music that was around when Eddie made his jump. This year is the 28th anniversary of when he made his ski jump in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The Director, Hugh and Taron with the real EddieThe Director, Hugh and Taron with the real Eddie

The moral of this movie is never give up no matter what. We see that when individuals don't have faith in Eddie and think his fantasy of setting off to the Olympics is an exercise in senselessness that he would never be capable of achieving.  We see how Eddie never gives up. He is persistent, even though people think he is crazy. Eddie never gives up on what he believes in and does his best. Throughout this movie you see Eddie overcome obstacles and he never gives up. This is definitely a good movie for kids to see, especially if they have been put down, taunted, bullied or told they can’t do something they love to do.  They can benefit from seeing this film.

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I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 5 to 18. I think adults will like this film as well. Those who like docudramas and family movies will particularly enjoy it. Eddie the Eagle is in theaters now!

Eddie The Eagle Movie Rating:5

Eddie The Eagle PosterEddie The Eagle Poster

Michael Edwards, aka Eddie the Eagle Interviewed by Ryan R.



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