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The Aeronauts

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6.61 h 40 min2019X-RayHDRUHDPG
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history.
Directors
Tom Harper
Starring
Felicity JonesEddie RedmayneHimesh Patel
Genres
Young Adult AudienceDramaAdventureRomanceAction
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Supporting actors
Tom Courtenay
Producers
Todd LiebermanDavid HobermanTom Harper
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Amazon Studios
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3.9 out of 5 stars

343 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 15% of reviews have 1 stars
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Anjali JReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good, it is. Historically accurate, it is not.
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An excellent film that amalgamates the stories of an assortment of historic aeronautical and meteorological figures - male and female - to tell a compelling, fictionalised story that pulls its disparate sources together well.

Some folks may consider it to lack the pace, action and complexity you'd expect of such a film but I think that this pace and the simple backstory suits the era that this film is set within and the technology at play. Despite the slower pace, the film never drags but slowly builds upon itself as it goes. The lead characters' development throughout is as much a journey as the coal gas balloon flight they are making, their histories and motivations are well integrated into the narrative. The entire thing is kind of like an onion, with layers being stripped away as goes. It is aided on its way by some fantastic performances from its two leads, and some amazing visuals that I suspect would be glorious to behold on a huge screen.

Sadly, a lot of people seem to be complaining that it lacks historical accuracy, given James Glaisher made his record-breaking flight with a man - Henry Coxwell. However, this film never claimed to be historically accurate in the way a biography or a documentary would be - it is, as it says, "Inspired by true events."

This film probably isn't for you if you are looking for greater historical accuracy, a biography, a documentary, or something complex and challenging.

This film *definitely isn't* for you if you're someone who thinks that the director's choice to include a female character - who is based on multiple historical figures and their stories - to make a film reflective of contemporary audiences and inspire young women is "woke claptrap" or "SJW nonsense."

If you want to watch a film with a good, simple story that is well acted and visualised, this is well worth 1hr 40mins of your time.
71 people found this helpful
Retford67Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not for me
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Not for me. I found this a lot of fluff and pretty dull. I can't believe this is being rated a 6. What's good: the costumes and sets. What's bad: the script, plot and acting. It's all so very "worthy" and laboured. There's no plot to speak of: "Let's go up in a balloon." "No. I will never do that again...Okay maybe I will because otherwise we won't have a film..." You can predict exactly what happens. Balloon goes up. He wants to go higher. It is dangerous. She saves the day. The end. The film is just a vehicle to make the point that women can be heroes too, except in my book she isn't a hero she's really rather silly as characters go. It's all so glib. "I'm lying on the floor because my husband died." "Well you should get up and put some clean clothes on and shape up then." "Okay I will." It's an instantly forgettable and tedious film, not one I'd rewatch. Predictably it all comes good in the end, even though they crash land the balloon they've both absolutely fine. No broken bones, impalement by branches or brain damage. Absolutely not ill effects from frost bite or anything else. The Alzheimer's ridden father is somehow completely okay enough to realise his son made it. And everyone cheers - hurrah! And it's all so amazing. Characters are so thin you can see through them and some of them you have no idea what on earth the point of them is - eg the sister, the parents and the random Asian friend. Flat as a pancake and a waste of an hour.
51 people found this helpful
AgatonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Based on true events but the hero has changed sex.
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It is such a shame that the producers, who claimed in all the build up to the release that this film was as authentic as possible, decided to omit the real life hero of Henry Coxwell. The main female lead did not exist at all. In an era of fake news how many viewers will be fooled into thinking Amelia Wren was real.

So many other female scientists and heroines of that era actually did exist and perhaps a story of their life and achievements would be better honoured than having to make up a heroine. There are quite a few!

As a film, it was ok. No blockbuster but it told a story well enough with a bit of action, but I did find myself checking how long was left so it wasn't enthralling. They did get the rest of the facts correct though. So when you watch this film try and remember that all those heroic acts were by Henry Coxwell and he actually used his teeth and not a shoe.
42 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
dissapointed with the false historical account
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There are plenty of women who did amazing things and deserve credit, this heroin is a farse, read the story of the metheorologist Glaisher in the movie and you will see he ascended with a pilot Henry Coxwell. The pilot ascending to the ballon and unlocking the top vent, is not believable. Other parts are not too bad. I just think the hollywoodesque touch harmed what otherwise could have been a nice period movie.
35 people found this helpful
Scrooge McDuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Woke Nonsense
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I was quite looking forward to this when it was out in cinemas. I'd never seen any trailers or marketing until I saw it advertised on the sides of buses and thought it looked like a lovely idea for a movie. Well, it would have been a lovely idea 20 years ago, but like almost every movie made in current year it's liberal, lefty, woke, hot garbage with a passively hostile political agenda and a quiet hatred for honest history, rewriting it to fit its own incorrect narrative. It's so far removed from reality it might as well have been made by the BBC.

The chick from the unnecessary Star Wars movie and the very weird-looking guy who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking (and delivering the most awkward, cringy acceptance speech I've ever seen) play the aeronauts in question. One an amalgamation of several historical female figures, and the other a pioneering meteorologist who has had his notions of predicting the weather laughed at all his life. Together they set off in a hot air balloon and sail across the English skies, in some truly wonderful cloudscapes that are the sole highlight of this movie.

It wouldn't be woke without pandering "female empowerment" but the writing team of Tom Harper (who also directs) and Jack Thorne have no idea how to do this other than having the woman constantly berate and belittle the man. In real life James Glaisher set off on this journey with Henry Coxwell, but to have two men as historical pioneers would be sexist so the aggravating female character now exists in his place. Also, they decide to populate London with a lot of what are supposed to call "people of color" in current year. In the 1860s less than 0.01% of the London population was non-white. But to portray city life as it really was back then would be deeply, disgustingly racist, so we better all shut up about it for the sake of "diversity". Portraying the aggravating female with revolting hairy armpits (as she would have in those times) does not counterbalance this.

It's a real shame, I wanted to enjoy this but I found it to be a consistently depressing experience that I simply couldn't enjoy. Why movies feel like they have to change our thinking and rewrite the past in current year lessens the entertainment and, I hope, will date them all very badly in the future. Amazing visuals aside (though I'm sure I saw a car driving down a road in a long shot) The Aeronauts reeks of poisonous agenda.
27 people found this helpful
ASReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Altering history to fit fake WOKE narrative.
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This purports to be "Based on History", but once again, Amazon have replaced a TRUE brave male historical figure with a fictional female one, and given her all the scenes involving any bravery.
The Story is fairly tedious (although to be fair, what can you do when most scenes are set in a small balloon basket), but is also tediously WOKE and gives a totally false impression of the actual historical facts!
I'll be very surprised if Amazon don't censor this comment of course.
25 people found this helpful
peteturboReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
awful
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so, the opening scenes really annoyed me but i decided to forgive them. then it just descended into farce. The acting is wooden, the historical premise is insulting and the whole thing is terrible.
I tried, i gave it 33 minutes, but i really couldn't go on.
This sort of rubbish will ruin amazon's rep.
AVOID
22 people found this helpful
ErimReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful
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Quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. Trite, cliche, and vacuous are some of the words I could use to describe it. My experience?... one of pain, anquish and torment. Avoid like the plague unless you enjoy wasting 1 hour and 40 minutes of your precious life
18 people found this helpful
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