The Eagle Has Landed

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Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) had dreamed of being an Olympic athlete since childhood when he had to wear a brace on his leg. Lacking coordination and viewing the world through thick glasses, he was constantly switching his obsession with different sports and pretending to be a prime athlete. Finally, as an adult, Eddie discovered the terrifying sport of ski jumping and found his passion. In the new movie Eddie the Eagle, Eddie is forced to prove himself to everyone who doubts his ability with sheer will and determination. He says, “I take jumping very seriously… nearly as much as proving people wrong.”

After training for six months with his underdog coach (Hugh Jackman) who was a pro ski jumper before being kicked off his team, Eddie finds that his meager personal record of 34 meters cannot compete with the 61-meter requirement for all British Olympic ski jumpers. But Eddie, determined almost to a fault, convinces his coach to help him beat that distance and make it to the 1988 Winter Olympics where he plans to fly like an eagle.

This movie is extremely emotional and will inspire anyone, whether they are an artist or an athlete, to chase after their dream. After all, Eddie’s coach says, “It’s not just a sport, it’s an art.” Even if you do not know anything about skiing you will enjoy this movie as it has an exciting plot line and is hilarious. As part of Eddie’s low-budget training, he stands on top of a speeding van, skis and all. Also, his many ski crashes throughout the movie are just as funny to watch as they are gut wrenching.

I really enjoyed Eddie the Eagle because the audience watches as he grows up and tries out many different sports like hurtle jumping and holding his breath for swimming. Though he often fails at these novice attempts. For instance, when trying out javelin throwing, he accidentally throws his javelin (really a meter stick) through a window. The movie also shows what Eddie’s home life is like. While his mother is very supportive of passion, his father wants him to pick a more stable trade. This is very hard for Eddie and is an important aspect of the film.

This movie is PG-13 and has some inappropriate references as well as bad language. I would highly recommend Eddie the Eagle for anyone who is 13 years or older. It is an excellent choice for a family with older children.