Victory Through Tears: An Eddie The Eagle Review
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There’s something special about “true story” movies. Especially movies that motivate and encourage you to do your best. Opening February 26, 2016, Eddie The Eagle will have you smiling and ugly crying, all before you leave the theater. Aren’t these the best kind of stories? I saw the movie without any knowledge of who Michael “Eddie” Edwards was. The story takes place in the 80s and in London.
The movie is a typical underdog flick in which Eddie fulfills his lifelong dream of participating in the Olympics. The story starts with a young Eddie and how even though he was born with a disability, his desire and ambition to make it to the Olympics drives him to try and try and try again to beat the odds.
And boy did he face incredible odds.
His parents, as all parents do, played a huge part in Eddie’s life. His father was always against Eddie pursuing his dream. I could totally relate to Eddie’s father. Having a teenager at home, there have been many times in which my son came to me with his out-of-this-world career choices and I would inject reality into my son, and make him pursue an education first before becoming a guitar player in a rock band or a professional skateboarder. Yes, these were some of his choices!!
His mom, on the other hand, always believed in her son. She was his #1 supporter and that was evident to Eddie and I honestly think that his mom was the one to give her son the wings to fly. Oh, and his amazing coach, played by Hugh Jackman, is another key player on his road to Olympic glory. Talk about an unlikely duo who wholeheartedly came out from behind and beat the odds.
Check out the trailer:
I can’t wait to take my kids to see this movie. Once thing I will say is that even though the movie is clean and pure, there are some scenes that might be a little tough for little ones to watch. Even though there’s no nudity, there is one scene in which Eddie walks into a sauna to speak to a practice team, and the team was naked. There is no nudity, but strategic poses and cover-ups were used. Another issue might be the brutal beating Eddie endures as he tries to conquer the ski jump ramps. There is a lot of dialogue between characters, so if your kids get bored easily, this might be a little hard to understand. My kids, 17, 10 and 9, will definitely be seeing this movie.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!