The Aeronauts

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This is a biopic of some people I have never heard of that made some major discoveries about the layers of the atmosphere by taking a trip in a balloon.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunited in The Aeronauts from their previous on screen pairing in Theory of Everything, also a biopic.  Maybe they have a future together in other biopics.

Pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) decide to take her balloon into the sky and go further than anyone else had ever gone before.  They faced daunting challenges as they discovered the dangers of life at 28,000 feet.

Any parts of this movie dealing with the balloon was riveting.  The combination of Jones and Redmayne created some wonderful moments in the balloon and the dangerous situations that they found themselves in were keeping me on the edge of my seat.

However, there was a strange format of storytelling here.  As the balloon continued its voyage, the movie kept taking flashbacks to see how James Glaisher convinced Amelia Rennes to fund his trip.  This was clunky as could be considering we know how that turned out.  We saw them take off together.

There were also some inconsistencies with how Amelia was portrayed.  Was she the flashy, entertainer as she was when they took off or was she the cautious, we’ve-gone-far-enough person aboard the balloon.  It seemed as if she was portrayed the way that the script needed her to be portrayed, which is not strong writing.

The scenes when they have gone too high and everything after that was just fantastic though.  The steps needed to take to survive are powerful and I can excuse the weakness of the earlier part of the film.

The balloon scenes are mostly all exciting and thrilling while the flashbacks are anything but.  I enjoyed the film for the most parts and the exciting conclusion helps to make up for the dragging flashbacks.

3.5 stars 

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