The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts
  • 2019
  • US / UK
  • 1h 40min
  • Directed by: Tom Harper
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones,

In 1862, meteorology pioneer James Glaisher (Redmayne) takes flight in a hot air balloon piloted by Amelia Wren (Jones). Old-school adventure with spectacular effects and a neatly layered screenplay; any predictability is offset by the film’s charm and the fond chemistry between Redmayne and Jones.

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This dazzling adventure starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones – who earned an Oscar and Oscar nomination, respectively, for their performances in The Theory of Everything – whisks us back to the 19th-century, where a scientist and pilot make history by ascending to unprecedented heights.

"A heart-warming tale for the whole family about sharing a bold dream…"

London, 1862. Spectators gather excitedly at the balloon launch site while meteorologist James Glaisher (Redmayne – terrific as a sensitive soul) anxiously waits for pilot Amelia Wren (Jones – terrific as an action heroine) to make what proves to be a flamboyant entrance. A young man of science desperate to be taken seriously, Glaisher has little patience for Wren's theatrics, while Wren understands that showmanship attracts funding. Their flight will serve the dual purpose of breaking the French record for altitude and helping Glaisher collect data to forward his controversial theories of weather prediction. As the duo get higher, the air gets thinner and colder, and difficult decisions must be made that could mean the difference between life and death.

Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Harper (Wild Rose) The Aeronauts is both a jaw-dropping spectacle (those special effects!) and an intimate story of friendship and resilience. With beautiful performances from Redmayne and Jones, and lovely support from Yesterday star Himesh Patel and screen legend Tom Courtenay, this is a heart-warming tale for the whole family about sharing a bold dream, and trusting another to get you back home.

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