Eddie the Eagle

Out Now On-Demand

Inspired by a dream come true.

Comedic biopic from the director of Sunshine on Leith based on real-life Olympic athlete Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton, Kingsman), an un-athletic underdog who became Great Britain's first ski jumper. Co-stars Hugh Jackman as his trainer.


Directed by

Drama, Sport, True Story & Biography


Rating: PG Coarse language & sexual references

UK, USA, Germany

In the hands of producer Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman), this unlikely, one-of-a-kind, underdog tale may take many liberties with the truth, but in doing so follows in the ski-boot-steps of its subject. A self-made, bespectacled spectacular at the 1988 Winter Olympics, Michael “Eddie” Edwards relished being at the epicentre of a media circus that wasn’t always entirely accurate. Did this diminish his achievements as a rare British ski-jumper, landing underwhelming jumps? Nope. And as Eddie the Eagle’s predictable feelgood dominoes fall in succession, the same’s true here - embellishments only aiding his folk hero status.

In a spot of extremely unlikely casting, Kingsman’s young lead Taron Egerton brings Eddie to life. For this fresh-faced young chap, that means a tragic dye job and a consistent jutting of the jaw that looks even more painful than many of the film’s stunts. Add coke-bottle-strength eyeglasses, and the transformation begins to look more tricky than need be, in a world where Trailer Park Boys’ Bubbles could waltz in and do the same thing. Evidently it’s Egerton’s unrelenting enthusiasm and charisma that win out though. While he may have a touch of Ricky Gervais’ Derek to him, his Eddie offers enough to invest in - as does his mentor Hugh Jackman, in a reasonable outcome considering his character is completely fabricated. 

Why’s nit-picking the accuracy relevant, you ask? Eddie the Eagle becomes more fable than fact because it’s only partly grounded in truth, and so is able to enjoy the best of both worlds. Freed from detailing the minutiae of Eddie’s achievements, it can focus on purely how bonkers the attempt itself was, and while its tale is ever-so-familiar, it’ll defy anyone but the most hardened cynic to get something out of. Audiences will enthuse, chests will swell, and critics will struggle to avoid phrases like crowd-pleasing and heart-warming. Oh, bother.

New York Times


Although Mr. Edwards's last-place finishes in Calgary made him something of a sensation, a symbol of do-it-yourself persistence, this film doesn't seem to trust the inherent likability of his story.

Guardian (UK)


I was ready to lift Eddie up on my shoulders and parade him through the streets myself. There's a reason mainstream film-makers stick to the formula: it works.

Empire (UK)


Turns a long-running joke of British sport into a crowd-pleasing story of inspiration. It's a solid gold winner.

Variety (USA)


If director Dexter Fletcher's loose adaptation of Edwards' story often seems content to mimic "Cool Runnings" beat for beat, at least it picks a bar it can safely clear.

Total Film (UK)


Very funny, genuinely moving and endlessly good-natured.

Time Out New York


May suffice for a brainless Friday night, but an honest account would have been a lot more memorable.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)


A film doesn't have to be truthful to be honest. And it doesn't always have to be particularly good to be likeable. Eddie The Eagle is the proof.

The underdog wins?

Based off the real events of Eddie Edwards’ life,. Eddie’s a young man who has always dreamed of going to the Olympics. Training as a downhill skier, he comes close to being selected until people with more money and influence bar him from the team. Not discouraged, he decides to take up the ludicrous task of becoming a ski jumper, in just over two years. Keep in mind that this is a sport that most people train for since childhood. Ski jumping, whilst being visually impressive, is also very dangerous, a fact that Eddie learns all too well.

Will he make it to the Olympics? Will he survive the highest ski jump (from a height of 90m)?

Of course he will. It’s an underdog “rags to riches” sort of story, after all.

This film is a good time. There’s stunning, heart-in-mouth ski jumping sequences; heartbreaking emotional scenes; terrible jokes; a lot of butts; and two people learning to get on with one another.

It might be a light film, and it mightn't have the SERIOUS DRAMA factor of other films out at the moment, but it's got heart.

Soaring High

A thoroughly engaging underdog tale with laughs and fist pumps aplenty. Egerton is utterly superb as the bumbling but determined Eddie in a performance so far removed from the street smart Eggsy of Kingsman: The Secret Service. An entertaining watch.

Ham and Cheese on White Bread

So broad that even the cinemascope frame can barely contain it, this self-declared crowd-pleaser takes not one chance on subtlety. Megaphoned "True Story" credentials? Check. "Triumphant underdog" plotting complete with wincingly on-the-nose dialogue? Check. Lead performers who tapdance shamelessly between professional gusto and outright hamming? Check. Sledgehammer believe-and-achieve message? Check. Kitschy montages set to catchy period pop? Check and double-check. There's always a big, grateful, harmless audience for this sort of candy floss but I, for one, found it pretty hard to swallow. It finds a smoother groove in the second half, once most of the manipulative ground-work has been laid, and does build up some real excitement in the ski-jump scenes - but overall it's best left to those with confirmed irony deficiencies.




A good laugh

I enjoyed this, It was a feel good underdog story.

Great feelgood family Movie

Kids loved it, great movie, funny english humour. Loved it!

Charming but clunky Britcom

Once you get used to the style, a bunch of actors acting out a quirky tale, this film is surprisingly charming. Clearly this clueless chap is a sandwich short of the picnic as he takes to the 90 meter jump with no fear, and his alcoholic coach, played by Hugh Jackman is equally unbelievable as he swans around in a denim shirt in sub zero temps. But, heck, I almost shed a tear at the joy this guy must have felt as he completed his run as a true Olympian.




Underdog story at its finest

Excellent rendition of Eddie the Eagle. Asides from the obvious Americanization of the tale embodied by Hugh Jackman, I could barely stop myself from cheering for the lovable Eddie.




If you enjoyed Cool Runnings ....

You'll be throughouly entertained by Eddie the Eagle, which has lots of heart and is guaranteed to have you chuckling in your seat. In fact, I had to keep reminding myself that Eddie the Eagle was based on true events as I'd almost classify it as a comedy, it was that funny!

However, Eddie the Eagle should be taken seriously as Taron Egerton totally inhabits the character of Olympic athlete Michael Edwards. I've seen Egerton in other movies and he's totally unrecognizable in Eddie the Eagle as he's taken on so many of Edwards' quirky mannerisms. If you've watched interviews of Edwards, you'll be astounded by how authentic Egerton's portrayal is.

So if you're looking for a film that will leave you feeling inspired albeit with stiches from frequent laughter, it's well worth "jumping" on down to your nearest cinema.

good film not that factual thoe

Good light hearted film

Lots of made up stuff his real life story is more interesting

An action packed extravaganza filled with a lot of laughs!

Awesome movie, shed a few tears, had a good few laughs and appreciated the whole movie from start to finish. Those first few jumps had you on the edge of your seat!!!! and you really got behind Eddie and wanted him to succeed. Neat that it's based on a true story. Loved the look into the late 1980's pop culture too! Excellent performances by Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. A real feel good film and one that will have wide appeal! Well worth a watch!