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6th December
written by Adam

When 19th century balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) partners with budding meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) in an attempt to beat the world’s record for height reached in a gas filled balloon their personal safety is not guaranteed; how high will they actually go, and at what cost? Directed by Tom Harper and Written by Harper and Jack Thorne, this oddly metered film measures out well balanced performances right down the fairway for both Jones and Redmayne, but stalls out with rather droll banter while terrestrially bound. Meanwhile, in flight the real action takes hold, hand wringing and breath holding moments do their best to keep audiences locked in for the death defying ride with impressive cinematic scope and CGI creation. And, scoring by Steven Price further amps up the tension to new levels with well crafted composition. Worth the matinee effort for the visual spectacle factor, otherwise a rental will suit just fine. The Aeronauts is rated PG-13.

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