2019 had no shortage of exciting movies come to the theaters. These included the usual Marvel fare and the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga – no surprises there. But “The Aeronauts” may have been the most captivating of them all.
All of these movies got to spend enough time in the theaters for people to see them on huge screens with deafening sound, as the filmmakers intended. However, the most exciting movie of the year, “The Aeronauts,” spent only a couple of weeks in theaters before its December 20th debut on Prime Video. While it would no doubt be spectacular to see on a big screen, you’ll scarcely notice you’re watching it at home.
The movie is an account of 19th century British meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), and it plays so fast and loose with the truth that you’re better off just pretending it’s 100% fiction. Glaisher is joined in a balloon by pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), and they lift off to reach altitudes never before attained by human beings.
If that sounds like a recipe for a low-key historical drama, it isn’t. “The Aeronauts” contains sequences so thrilling and so hair-raising that you won’t fully calm down until a good 20 minutes after it ends. Three of them are listed below, so if you don’t want to know what’s coming, please be advised that SPOILERS lie ahead.
· When the pair is rising through a furious storm cloud that tosses them around the passenger basket like socks in a dryer
· When the balloon has to have the hole at its top opened by hand (or foot) and Jones’ character has to climb to the top to do it
· When she passes out and starts sliding off the balloon
There are other exciting sequences too, and while it has a couple of missteps, the movie is never boring, and its one-hour-and-forty-minute running time passes in what feels like 10 seconds. So ignore its complete disregard for historical accuracy, and watch it for the thrills.