Score another one for me. ANOTHER date night; two in one week thanks to my awesome parents who were in town. Chase and I got to escape for a quick dinner to the Varsity (an Atlanta landmark and staple in the Georgian diet) for hotdogs, fries and a frozen orange before catching a movie together, for which I was given free screening tickets – I love a sneak peek!
Which movie? I’m glad you asked – Eddie the Eagle, which is based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, who dreamed of being an Olympian and successfully competed in the ’88 Olympics despite the odds and challenges presented before him. It’s a heartwarming, very funny film with tons of jokes as well as the realization of Eddie’s dream of competing. I was laughing out loud and cheering Eddie on as the film rolled. Chase and I even “flapped” like Eddie did for photos after the movie!
Here’s the trailer for the film, which gives you a very good feeling of the tone of the film and how giggly, yet emotional it can be. I know many members of my family that would get a kick out of seeing the film, and many more that actually remember following along with Eddie’s saga during the ’88 Olympics in Calgary. I nearly dropped dead laughing when I heard a line referencing the Jamaican Bobsled team that competed the same year. I remember that from when I was a kid! With a nationwide release on February 26, the PG-13 movie is adorable and has a running time of only 105 minutes.
About Eddie the Eagle: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie the Eagle is produced by the team behind Kingsman: The Secret Service and stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.