Eddie the Eagle tries to have it both ways with its main subject, simultaneously ridiculing and ennobling him. And, amazingly, it mostly works.
Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie's offbeat charm, turning him into an Asperger's afflicted champion of the undertrodden.
For every easy, eye-rolling bit, there's a moment of genuine emotion; the champion jumper's pre-climax speech on what matters in sport is downright joyful.
While it's often cookie-cutter sports movie conventional, you'd have to be stone-hearted to remain un-charmed.
It is a rare biopic of any kind, let alone a sports bio, that merely celebrates participation. It's that novelty that makes this simple comedy shine.
Though it aims for heroism, Edwards' story doesn't have a dramatic enough arc to be truly inspirational. It's not about winning, it's an ode to participation, which isn't enough for it to get off the ground.
A triumphant, feel-good, laugh-out-loud, sports biopic.
The people responsible for "Eddie the Eagle" might have made a better movie about Samuel F.B. Morse, since they're devoted to telegraphing every plot point and potential surprise.
Prepare to be amused, moved and inspired.