Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
‘Creatures of the sky’ they refer to themselves. Amazon’s big-budget movie “The Aeronauts” finally comes together after production delays and a few edits here and there. Reuniting “Theory of Everything” stars Felicity Jones and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, their chemistry once again aids their performance. This time it’s Jones in her second casting as an action hero who is in the pilot’s seat, literally. Thrilling adventure the whole family can enjoy, “The Aeronauts” is the type of film that informs, encourages, and inspires. The visual and technical achievements are as impressive as the character’s accomplishments on screen, taking the viewer on quite a ride.
Scientist James Glacier (Redmayne) wants to soar higher than any human in order to prove that weather can be predicted. No pilot dares to join him on such a dangerous and unprecedented adventure, save one. Widow and aeronaut Amelia Wren (Jones) agrees to pilot his balloon, but not without great hesitation. The last time she soared above the clouds she lost the love of her life. Now the two embark on a historical mission in the largest balloon ever created. A carnival-like sendoff in London cheer the two combative explorers on as they ascend into the unknown, discovering for the first time things considered common knowledge today.
"The traditional role reversal here is wonderful and Jones flexes her talent in so many different ways."
There are moments you will feel like the characters are being stupid. Why are they not prepared for how cold it’s going to get that high up? Of course, the air is thinner the higher up you go. Then you realize that what these two are trying to document was science fiction not yet proven fact during this era. “Re-write the rules of the air,” Glacier says. The traditional role reversal here is wonderful and Jones flexes her talent in so many different ways. Her performance is one of the films many highlights. The score and sound effects should be an easy landing come nomination morning.
The pulse-pounding, grip your seat, gasp for breath moments are stagnated throughout the film to keep the audience fully engaged. The backstory is used as interludes, intertwined between the action, which allows the audience to catch their breath. The extreme wide shots that show perspective and the ascension toward the unknown remind us that this is a different type of adventure film. Sure the script has some silly moments and a few that stretch the imagination a bit, but, at the same time, director Tom Harper knows how to make science and history compelling.
"Aeronauts" is a thrilling science-action adventure movie we never knew we needed!