The story of the Movie is based on a true story about a young British, who had ambitions of mastering almost all sports in the world. The storyline is pretty simple, but this is not the usual movies you are used to where the starring figure ends up winning in the end.
The story is about Eddie Edwards, who was born in Cheltenham and imagines being a winner at the Olympics. Back in 1773 when Eddie was young, he dreams of being a winner in the Olympics. Tom Costello and Jack Costello play the role of the young Eddie in the movie at his young age. However, everything does not seem to work his way with his poor coordination of the sport. His Dad (Keith Allen) wants him to a pursue a career in the blue collar jobs as a plasterer taking after himself while his mother supports him in his ambitions.
As the movie continues, we see Eddie as a young adult a role perfectly played by Taron Egerton; the guy who starred in (Kingsmen: The Secret Service). Eddie desperately tries to make the 1984 downhill ski team for England in the winter Olympic Games to no avail. He regularly practices with his fellow skiers but never gets the nod for the games as he was not good enough. The team coach tells him he is not good for Olympic materials something that can be demoralizing for many. However, this movie is all about not giving up and instead following your dreams to the last end. Eddies a completely a new game aiming to make the next Olympics in Canada. Eddie starts up a new sport as a skin Jumper knowing very well Britain does not have any ski jumpers, and he will face no competition in the sport. He makes his way to Germany; Garmisch-Partenkirchen and tries everything there is to learn about his new sport.
Eddie’s new attempt at the sport gets recognized by Bronson Pear (Hugh Jackman) when driving a snowplow nearby. This is good news for Eddie, and the movie takes a new turn as he takes him into his arms for training. It then turns out the Hugh Jackman was another ex-jumping champion whose career hand ended early. In the movie Peary is an alcoholic but reluctantly takes Eddies and coaches him. They participate in the 1986 championship games where Eddie finishes last. He becomes number 55, but his performance was enough to guarantee him a place in the 1986 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary Canada as he had wanted.
The movie is perfectly set with Eddie being the central character that tries everything and fails but has the spirit to keep going. He faces several challenges that could make a man quit, but he never quits. The Norwegian ski team makes funny of Eddie as they let the audience mercilessly watch Eddie struggle to finish the race and come last. Another fictional character in the movie is Pearly his coach who is alcoholic and someone who has lost hope in life looking for some redemption. It is the FOOL Eddie and the DRUNKEN Peary. It is a good combination for the movie. There is a lot happening and by the time the movie gets to the 90-meter ski jump, you just want to see him and get done with.
Taron perfectly brings out Eddie in a fun way winning you over with his antics and befuddled looks. Pearly and Jackman have the right mix in the movie with Jackman appearing a lost and forgotten athlete with rebellion and self-pity. Eddie’s mother Joe plays the unconditionally loving mother who will love you no matter the case. The Comedian father Keith Allen plays the disapproving dad with tough love. Mathew Margeson brings out the music correctly with George Richmond, who plays the cinematography in the movie Quantum of Solace bringing the right drama in the death-defying jumps of Eddie.
This is a true family friendly movie charming in every way possible. It is that movie that disapproves the fact that success if not only found by winning but by not giving up. It clearly shows that success is staying in the fight and finding a way to shine even if you don’t win.