“Eddie the Eagle” is one of best comedies I have seen in a long time. Scratch that. “Eddie the Eagle is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. This is a movie that you shouldn’t miss and you can take everyone in the family. There aren’t any lewd scenes, profanity or violence but there are plenty of thrills and laughs.

Inspired by true events, “Eddie the Eagle” is the story of Olympian Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in him against insurmountable odds.  With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Perseverance is the moral of this great film. “Eddie the Eagle’s” message is that dreams do come true if you work hard enough and God love him, Eddie works his heart out. Eddie is bullied and is constantly put down by almost everyone he encounters, but regardless of what others say and think; he follows his dream to become an Olympian. Most ski-jumpers start jumping at age 6 but Eddie begins at age 22 which is unheard of.

The screenplay was brilliantly written by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton based on a story by Simon Kelton. This is the first full-length screenplay by both writers. I can’t wait to see more films by these very talented writers if “Eddie the Eagle” is indicative of their abilities.

“Eddie the Eagle” is directed by British actor Dexter Fletcher. This is his third time out as director. He did a marvelous job. The ski jumps are shot in such a way that they seem ominous and they are. If you have ever seen a ski-jump, you will wonder how anyone ever has the courage to fly off of one of those and live.

The scenic views of the snowy Alps and Rockies are breathtaking.

The audience laughed, gasped and applauded Eddie as he pulls his antics for the screen. You will fall in love with Eddie Edwards and actor Taron Egerton.

“Eddie the Eagle” will open tomorrow at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com