“Eddie the Eagle” Premieres in NY

His sweet mother (Jo Hartley) gently encourages him; his pragmatic father (Keith Allen), a plasterer by trade, encourages him to become a plasterer.

Hugh Jackman showed up Tuesday night at an intimate premiere for his new movie “Eddie the Eagle”.

He also had to learn how to ski for the project, but his lack of experience actually worked wonders for the film, as the real-life Eddie wasn’t known for his sporting success – he finished last in both of his ski-jumping events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches. But Egerton proves himself to be a performer lacking in vanity and gifted with physical chops, adding a sideways grimace and bumbling gait to fully transform himself.

Eddie does end up in Calgary and endears himself to the crowd, much to the chagrin of snooty British sports officials and fellow team members, who are way too cool for the likes of him. It’s a scene that’s a little subversive to its family-friendly mold but balances the sometimes-sugary sweetness of Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton’s inspirational screenplay.

The new movie tells the story of Michael Edwards, who was the first person from Britain to compete in Olympic ski jumping.

Watch Jimmy Fallon play “Catchphrase” with Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton on “The Tonight Show”.

The manipulation of the story details demonstrates the filmmakers’ skill in execution. Three stars out of four.

Hugh Jackman stars in “Eddie the Eagle.”

 

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