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Last night, I went to go see Eddie the Eagle at a 7:00 showing.  I was pretty excited for it, and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint!


Canada Olympic Park in Calgary

My dad went to the ’88 Olympics.  The ones in the movie.  I wonder if he ever heard the name Michael Edwards or “Eddie the Eagle” in passing.

I never knew much about skiing.  I’ve never done it.  And the Olympics always looked awesome and all that, and I’m all about the winter Olympics,  (They’re so exciting! And who doesn’t like watching the figure skating?) but it never registered how much some of the athletes risk to take part in the competitions.

I definitely have watched ski jumping, but I guess I always figured “They know what they’re doing.  It doesn’t look that scary.”

Oh. My. Gosh.

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Watching Taron Egerton act facing those huge hills looked terrifying!

While we’re on the subject of Taron Egerton’s acting, I thought he did a fantastic job.  I had no idea that it was the same guy who did Kingsmen!  His whole demeanor and the way he carried himself was completely different.  Might as well have been another person entirely.

It’s crazy.

I love movies like this because they motivate me to achieve my own goals.  If you want to achieve something, you gotta want it.  And there’s so many things I want in my life.

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It was refreshing to see someone fail again and again and again and again before they made the grade.  I feel like that A LOT so it’s heartening to realize that if you always give it another try, one of those is bound to take.

In my opinion, the best part of the movie is that it isn’t enough to prove others wrong.  Everyone in the theatre knew Eddie would.  Otherwise, what is even the point of the movie?

Ultimately, it wasn’t about being good enough for others.  It was about being the best you. For you.  Knowing you did your absolute best.


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I strongly recommend the film.  It was uplifting, it was fun, and Hugh Jackman did a fabulous spit-take towards the end.  Get your tail feathers in that theatre already!

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