Based on a true story, this film tells the true story of how a no-hoper teamed up with discredited former athlete in order to attempt to master a potentially fatal winter Olympic sport just months before the ’88 Olympic games in Canada.
Cool Runnings? Nope, never heard of it. (Joking, I love that film so much.)
As bizarre as it seems, there was another person trying the same trick at the same time just at a different sport. Ski Jumping. Which is basically skiing at full speed off a cliff and seeing how far you can fall without dying.
Kingsman star Taron Egerton plays Eddie (who you can hire as a plasterer to this day) as the never-say die Eddie who fails to take life’s numerous hints and give up his dream. He teams up with Hugh Jackman who plays… well… Hugh Jackman really, but they have a really nice chemistry together and a sort of father son bond develops.
I’m not going to pretend that this will be troubling the Oscars or that any of the characters are unique or even that the film has any quotable lines, but I loved it. I walked out of the cinema with the stupidest grin on my face and determined to think about taking up running again.
It’s a shame that this will vanish without trace up against the much darker, much less fun Batman v Superman Dawn of Migraines, as I was far more affected and involved with this film. But, barring they take out one seriously out of place scene where Hugh pretends to be pleasuring Bo Derek. This will be on your TV screens every Bank Holiday from now until the end of time.
My Score- See It