Eddie the Eagle is the true story of Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), a kind hearted and sweet young man who, for his entire life, has just wanted to be an olympian, and has tried just about every single sport there is. After being kicked off of his ski team and told he will never be able to make it into the olympics, Eddie takes up ski jumping, coached by former olympian Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman). The two go forth to try and help Eddie achieve his dreams, and it makes for what is one of the most inspiring films in recent memory.
The performances are all round terrific, every actor giving it the best they could possibly do and nailing their character. Each character is distinctly different in personality, but they all come together to form an insanely likeable movie. We last saw Taron Egerton in last year's Kingsman: The Secret Service and the Tom Hardy led gangster movie, Legend, and while Eddie the Eagle sees him playing a vastly different role, he gives a performance that's just as good, if not better than his last ones. The more I see of this guy, the more I like him.
To sum up, Eddie the Eagle hits some familiar biopic beats, but as the saying goes, everyone loves an underdog story, so yes, this film is rather loveable. Funny, exciting, well acted and uplifting, it just works. I loved it.