Eddie The Eagle

Wow. What a movie. From the watching commercials, I was thinking it’s related to Cool Runnings. It was more than just a competition but an Olympian born athlete with a heart made of a gold medal.

Michael “Eddie” Edwards was played by Taron Egerton. He was a quirky and nerdy middle-class born family kid with a big heart to win the Olympics at a young age. On the first day for the ski downhill line-up, he was cut from the British Olympic team by Dustin Target for a minor mishap. He was told that he will never be an Olympic athlete. Personally, I don’t like the word never.

Eddie’s 100% willingness to be Olympian was a mirror to Bronson Peary’s behavior when he was young and training under Christopher Walker, who played Warren Sharp. No matter how many times Eddie jumped from the 40mm, he would always fall. His perseverance kept the audience in the theater to the edge of their seats. Keith Allen, who portrayed as Eddie’s dad Terry, was strict with Eddie after he threw a thin wood stick to this kitchen window. Every time Terry insisted that ski jumping will not put money on the table, Eddie kept on training and tried to reach his goal. Other British athletes and staff at the British Olympic Association did not take him seriously because of his child-like behavior. Watch his character throughout the movie and till the end. See the sour spot in the background before the credits.

Hugh Jackman played Bronson Peary. Eddie’s uniform was a jacket from back home in Britain. Peary’s jacket was his drinking flask. Although he denied training Eddie at first, Peary learned that he won’t stop until winning the Olympics.

No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid. Don’t let anyone stop you from becoming who you want to become. Who you should want to become is your future you. Start believing and acting like it. Stop dreaming the future, be the future. You will have hard ropes pulling you back. As long as you know the capability within you, keep going and climbing. When you get to the top, it’s just the beginning.

Let me know your thoughts on the movie.

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