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The Aeronauts
Set in 1862, wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a...  View more >

Starring Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Vincent PerezTom Courtenay...  View more >

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Jan 13, 2020
I knew nothing about the real-life events depicted, even if tangentially, in this movie. I see that as a benefit, as it appears to diverge enough that anyone looking for a documentarian approach would be disappointed. That allowed me to embrace this movie on its own, and I was probably better for it.

Given that a majority of the movie takes place in the gondola of a balloon with the two major characters, the success was going to hinge greatly on those two performances. Fortunately, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are up to the task, especially the former.

In this age of technology where we can get hyper local weather forecasts on our phones and smart watches , I think it’s difficult for many to imagine a world where people didn’t know general weather predictions. This is the world in which our characters exist.

While Redmayne is the under-appreciated scientist trying to change that, it’s Jones who has the more interesting character. James Glaisher is the reason Amelia Wren must embark on this “road trip” and he serves as the foil for her character’s emotional arc.

As I said earlier, both actors shine in their roles. Redmayne exhibits the same type of performance he’s played before, but Jones digs into her role and delivers something greater than I’ll bet was written in the script.

This is a very good movie. I primarily gave it a Wait for Rental rating because Amazon Studios funded this movie, primarily for consumption on its streaming platform.

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