THE AERONAUTS – A Review By Gadi Elkon

Pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.  

Here is my review for the film.


Tom Harper’s latest film dives into the hero realm by giving us Amelia Rennes.  A nod to the most recognizable female pilot and a French last name to highlight Sophia Blanchard.  A bold brash pilot who shreds a terrible loss to continue on.  But the figure isn’t a real figure compared to Glaisher played Eddie Redmayne.  Skip the search for historical truth and rely on Hopper and writer Thorne’s fast paced tale to sweep you off your feet into the clouds.  It is up in the clouds that the story soars and the film really keeps you locked in.

Hopper’s DP George Steel and the Production Design team lead by David Hindle & Christian Hubrand deliver a visually stunning reality.  The pacing and the sure impact of weather allowed for a really harrowing film through and through.  The movie easily can gloss over the truths of the timing and story but showcase something spectacular.  The snow sequences are especially enticing and Felicity Jones uses her Star Wars: Rogue One muscles to totally dominate this movie.  Jones’ is a real life superwoman with her daring nature and fearless attitude.  I won’t spoil all that she does but in the end Jones is a legit role-model of a figure.

The movie is lacking in the overall reality of the time and frame, but the story is captivating and culturally impacting.  Bravo to the team reaching new heights in the balloon story and for giving us another well done strong female role model!


Directed by: Tom Harper

Written by: Tom Harper, Jack Thorne

Rated PG-13

Selig Rating B

Running Time: 1hr 40min

Biography / Adventure

Wide Release: December 6th

Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himes Patel


The Selig Rating Scale:

A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

B – Good movie

C – OK movie

D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

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