Flying high with Eddie

Eddie the Eagle starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Photo: PA Photo/Larry Horricks/Lionsgate

Eddie the Eagle starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Photo: PA Photo/Larry Horricks/Lionsgate

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Eddie the Eagle (PG, 106 mins) Comedy/Drama. Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Keith Allen. Director: Dexter Fletcher.

Since he was a boy, Eddie (Taron Egerton) has driven his father Terry (Keith Allen) to distraction with a burning dream to compete in the Olympics.

The young man struggles to find a sport that suits him, so he switches attention to the Winter Olympics and discovers a loophole in the rulebook that would allow him to become Britain’s first representative in the ski jump since 1929.

Aided and abetted by his mother Janette (Jo Hartley), Eddie heads to Germany to a ski jumping training centre run by hard-drinking former competitor Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), who was booted off the US team by legendary coach Warren Sharp (Christopher Walken).

Bronson takes pity on Eddie and helps the newcomer to master the basics. However, Dustin Target (Tim McInnerny), chairman of the British Olympic Committee, refuses to let Eddie compete on a technicality and adds a qualifying standard of 61m to the rulebook at the last minute.

With time running out before the Calgary games, Eddie hits the European ski jumping tour with Bronson, determined to soar to break records rather than bones in his quest for Olympic qualification.

Eddie The Eagle is an unabashedly crowd-pleasing delight for all ages.