A Review of The Aeronauts
The Aeoroauts provides a thrilling film that reminds us of how beautiful the world really is.
Frankly, there is nothing unpleasant I can say about The Aeronauts, it was bewitching and enjoyable (and outstanding on an IMAX screen!). Tom Harper did an exceptional job of writing the story and directing the thriller/drama that won my attention throughout. The story is set in 19th century England following the lives of Amelia Wren a widowed Pilot (played by Felicity Jones) and a passionate scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) who’s paths cross and leads them on an adventure of a lifetime.
Mr. Glashier is considered a black sheep in his field because of his fascination with wanting to predict the weather, an aspect of science no one has tapped into yet. Which is why he seeks out the help of Amelia Wren (who piloted hot air balloons with her late husband) hoping she’ll bring him up in the air to conduct his theories and hopefully put an end to the mockers. But for Amelia although hesitant at first, her intentions are different and mixed with grief which results in her channeling them into wanting to beat the record belonging to the French pilots who reached 23,000 feet.
If you’ve never been on a hot air balloon ride before, after watching these two characters play out the ups and downs of their experience, you’ll either want to try it out too or never let your feet off the ground. The acting was very superb and the way everyone interacted with each other definitely brought the film to life. I also enjoyed how dedicated the production team was to bringing the audience back in time with the use of decorative costumes, charming and beautiful locations and replicating the instruments and tools used by Mr. Glashier and scientists alike to conduct their studies of the world around us. Technology has advanced so much that we can easily find out what the scientists come across through a single tweet but in the film they’re living in a society where the proof of what Mr.Glashier finds lies in his words, his writings and his witness Ms. Wren which is why making it back to tell the world is extremely crucial.
The film is packed with unexpected action, comedic and melancholy moments and there’s a bit of romance in there too that shows a love that can transcend through anything. It reminds you of how beautiful the world really is and how we take it for granted because a lot of things us humans have been curious about from the sky to the sea have been explained unlike it was back then which is interesting to think about. I would definitely recommend this film, it’s the first that I’ve ever seen or heard of from Amazon Studios but it’s already a memorable one for me and might be for you too!
- Director: Tom Harper
- Written by: Tom Harper and Jack Thorne
- Starring: Stars: Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne,
- Rated: PG-13
- Running Time: 1 hours and 40 minutes
- Release Date: US December 6th, 2019 | UK November 6th, 2019
Review by Ren Canga a Dublin based Cinematographer