The Aeronauts

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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. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.


  • Felicity Jones
  • Vincent Perez
  • Phoebe Fox
  • Lewin Lloyd
  • Himesh Patel
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Robert Glenister
  • Tim McInnerny
  • Thomas Arnold
  • Tom Courtenay

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

A decent period drama with some uneven pacing. Felicity is great, but I found Redmane boring and uninteresting. The story is fine, if jumpy, but there were parts and characters that just felt completely unnecessary. I feel like this would've been better suited to a mini-series where the various characters' backstories and development could've been handled far better.

Craig B
Verified Review

Great lead actors, riveting plot and marvelous visuals.

Marlene G


Dec 5, 2019

The Aeronauts is a film flawed from its first concept. By blending fact and fiction so freely, Thorne and Harper turned a story of scientific discovery into a muddling romantic adventure that crashes and burns.

Metacritic review by Kristy Puchko
Kristy Puchko
Sep 9, 2019

A thrilling, action-packed, wide-vista yarn from the sharp quills of Jack Thorne and co-writer and director Tom Harper, this Amazon-backed project is deceptively simple yet surprisingly deft.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
Sep 4, 2019

The Aeronauts achieves impressive elevation as a bracing and sympathetic account of two early and very different aviators who together reached literal new heights in a perilous field of endeavor.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter