High-Altitude Thrills Tell Old-Fashioned Yarn

Despite some thrilling moments that are the product of modern filmmaking techniques, “The Aeronauts” is an old fashioned, wholesome adventure flick. The film features the joyous reuniting of actors Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, who were so very good together in “The Theory of Everything.” Set in 1860s England, this high-flying adventure tale works both because of their on-screen chemistry and the entertaining premise.

After an air tragedy, risk-taking balloonist Amelia Wren (Jones) turns her back on soaring the dangerous skies. But when she’s approached by scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), Wren longs for the thin air of high altitude. The perilous voyage is Glaisher’s high-concept gamble to study the weather using his assortment of cutting-edge gages. He hopes to develop modern methods for predicting inclement conditions.

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