I had multiple chances to watch the Amazon Studios feature film, The Aeronauts since the end of summer and chose to pass every single time. In my eyes, it had the world against it. I am not a fan of dramatized historical events, nor anything pro-British, especially anything that makes the British Empire the heroes of any story. If it wasn’t for a close friend of mine, calling me up and getting on my case to watch the film, I would have completely ignored this movie.
Either way, against all my biases, I decided to give The Aeronauts a chance, and to my bitter surprise, it was remotely enjoyable yet completely forgettable.
The film is loosely based on the 2013 book by Richard Holmes’ entitled Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning and the actual flight that took place on September 5, 1862, of British Aeronauts James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and Henry Coxwell, who was replaced by the ficitional character Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones). According to the record books, Glaisher and Coxwell’s balloon broke the world altitude record, reaching approximately 38,999 ft.
The Aeronauts is visually gorgeous with its sets and costumes being better than any other film of 2019. However, the story is incredibly predictable where Wren isn’t very fond of Glaisher at first and both being extremely Victorian and posh seem to have American rebellion in their hearts. We also can’t forget the old dreamer who Arthur Glaisher (Tom Courtenay) who inspires the young man to reach for the stars as he could never meet his life long objective and wants to live vicariously through his son.
One majorly annoying aspect of the film was, “The French,” were the supposed big, bad rivals throughout the film. It is no secret that the British were envious of the French, but treating them as some obscure boogieman that needed to be beaten to the skies at all cost was more than groan worthy.
The Aeronauts will be in theaters on Friday, December 6, 2019 and on Amazon, Friday, December 20, 2019.
The Aeronauts is a fabrege egg. It is absolutely beautiful, yet completely hollow. If you already have Amazon Prime, wait the two weeks and watch it at home, that way if you fall asleep, you won’t be out another $15 as it is well acted but totally forgettable.