Despite finishing last in both his ski jumping events, plucky amateur Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards became an unlikely embodiment of the Olympic ideal at the Calgary Winter Games. Thirty years on, he’s received a biopic that merrily leans into its place in British film’s tradition of Full Monty-esque working class grit up against establishment condescension, with babelicious Taron Egerton somehow concocting the Eagle’s awkward manner and enormous overbite in addition to his huge real-life charm. It may be as predictable as rain in April, but we’re not watching Eddie "The Revenant" Edwards: director Dexter Fletcher wants to raise your spirits, and as the climactic jump nears, even the most hardened heart will wish they’d brought a hanky. This is unpretentious, playing-to-the-rafters entertainment, and it works a dream. Bonus points: there’s a cheeky Cool Runnings gag, and Christopher Walken shows up for what’s likely to be 2016’s most unexpected cameo. Times & Trailer
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