The Aeronauts (2019) - Action, Adventure, Drama

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A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 40 out of 375 found boring (10.66%)

One-line Reviews (258)

But it was tedious to sit through and boring.

Fun, Entertaining, fictitious.

And after every thrilling moment the film flashes back to two years.

Just boring, slow moving and tedious.

Another boring film!

I wanted to see an entertaining film, and this delivered.

A very enjoyable and unique film .

Three crises, the first time to take care of each other, the second time the woman stepped forward, this period is too exciting, there is a fear of heights can not see, the third time the man's wisdom burst, finally played the role of scientists...

This was something unexpected.

We enjoyed it though, a fun ride of fantasy mixed with drama.

Felicity and Eddie are a delight to watch, and the story is interesting, thrilling, and fun.

The double act of Redmayne and Jones works well and it's an intriguing tale with much to enjoy.

It does have an uneven pacing but it is still worth watching.

The Aeronauts is a breathtaking on the edge adventure biographical movie.

Everyone dressed beautifully and it was visually breathtaking throughout.

The real grip of the film occurs when they ascend to a mind blowing altitude of over 30.000 feet and almost freeze to death.

Going above the clouds to a stunning view.

Entire film slow like freaking hell!

The movie is quite enjoyable as a fairy tale.

Jones and Redmayne had great chemistry the whole film was utterly charming if lacking depth at times but enjoyable none the less.

The set design, costume, and cinematography is stunning and it's truly a feast for the eyes.

So gripping that, at one point, I realized I was wringing my hands, heart thumping, holding my breath and feeling quite overwhelmed with fear for Amelia and company.

Feminism propaganda?

In a time a wash with fake news, where we struggle to find reality and honesty, a visually stunning film like this is part of the reason why, part of the problem, not the solution.

It was just bland.

It is an exciting and satisfying adventure.

Gripping storyline, fantastic acting!!!

The show is so benign and at times suspenseful, that the entire family will enjoy it on home theater splendor.

)Soaring through the skies, "The Aeronauts" may be pictorially lovely, and Amelia's heroic exploits are especially thrilling and play well into anyone's fear of heights.

The aerial sequences are stunning and thrilling.

While slow in parts, the balloon scenes are quite exciting, made more so by the knowledge that is inspired by true events.

To break up the beautiful shots of clouds and the vertigo inducing falls we have some flash backs of how the balloon trip was organised which is about as exciting as it sounds.

You will enjoy this and will be caught up in some of the very exciting scenes.

They faced many unexpected challenges, rainstorm extremely cold, no oxygen and fear,everything made me feel scared.

Exciting, passionate, gorgeous movie .

So far so formulaic.

Sooo pointless !

Not Historical, but Breathtaking .

this had me on the edge of my seat or biting my nails!

Being afraid of heights, I found the intense scenes pretty impactful and shot well.

And as the ascent was beautiful and thrilling, then the descent is necessary, as oxygen runs out in the atmosphere, and absolutely terrifying.

It also is pretty cliche in terms of how women are depicted.

Very enjoyable story.

Waste of time.

" And, of course, things do go wrong; nobody is going to make a film about a balloon which takes off safely and then lands safely about an hour-and-a-half later after an uneventful flight.

The CGI spectacle up in the air, however, can be quite thrilling and visceral.

Seeing it in IMAX is definitely worthwhile as it's simply breathtaking at times visually.

I don't know how true the events are, I don't know if the woman really did the things she did in this movie, but it was thrilling to watch, nonetheless.

A thrilling and gorgeous film.

Felicity is especially stunning, and she gives an amazing performance that's not to be missed.

It is watchable, slow in parts, I think they should have injected more action rather than focussing too much on backstory.

Great intense scenes .

This is actually well made, with good actors, but there's a reason "talking about the weather" is synonymous with "boring".

Becoming a fight for their lives, this movie provides quite a few thrills and intense moments of realization.

It was exciting and engaging from the beginning to the end.

Well acted, a gripping story, great (albeit highly improbable) action and excitement.

Superbly thrilling!

Hey, I'm no aeronautic historian or engineer, and I found this movie totally enjoyable.

Really enjoyed the film, visually excellent, well acted, exciting throughout and really interesting.

Bottom line: a bit too posh, but entertaining.

Boring .

Overall I'd say those wanting accurate history will be irritated but if you want an exciting adventure, and no offensive material, this is definitely worth watching...

This is another liberal feminist film propaganda.

I don't know about the historical correctness of this, and FYI this is not a biography,, so the movie was really enjoyable .. .

IN BRIEF: Fine CGI keep this contrived, entertaining, and all so untrue bio-pic stay earthbound.

It is a very interesting and suspenseful movie based on real life events.

Tom Harper and Jack Thorne wrote a good screenplay, but it really came to life while in the air and here is where Harper's direction and filming made this worth watching.

A disgrace to history, don't waste your time .

Entertaining, inspiring, and heart pounding .

This movie is exciting, and a little bit historical.

Even though the dialog between the two actors is well delivered and quite poetic in its wordplay, the plot is banal and extremely contrived.

Sorry bored rigid.

It was entertaining enough.

Not because the actual science or story telling, but because all the Hollywood dribble they added makes the film feel fake and boring.

Pioneering balloonist haunted by dead husband and pestered by sister to become boring housewife.

It starts out fast paced.

I found it thrilling and quite uncomfortable to watch particularly because of heights.

Entertaining throughout.

I for one Enjoyed it and would recomend you give it a chance.

the story telling are sooo boring.

All in all it was an alright effort, definitely entertaining and engaging, and Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones did very well.

This one has a genuinely rare melding of food for reflection and jolts of adrenaline all in one ride.

Stunning cinematography capturing the magnitude of early hot air balloon flight pairs perfectly with the beauty of the script.

The flashback scene of James and Amelia also very annoying and freaking bored!

Intense adventure with the aeronauts .

The movie is quite enjoyable as a fairy tale.

A very gripping film which I felt involved with.

This is a boring movie by the way.

Surprisingly gripping .

If you want to watch a decent, family-friendly, period piece, with an interesting plot, then you may find this movie entertaining as I did.

The Aeronauts is obviously intended to make the spirit soar, but rather than providing me with an uplifting experience, I was bored by the film.

Boring and not believable.

I expected a more defined conclusion and better plot twists but still the story was great and there were great intense moments.

As I'm afraid of heights and the CGI made my toes curl ,but I enjoyed it

We're treated to some stunning aerial views of the River Thames snaking through smoke-stacked London before the first of several flashbacks fills in the backstory.


Thrilling .

Kids might find it a bit slow and adults might get a bit annoyed.

Despite historical differences I have to say this was one of the most intense movies I've had the pleasure to see in a while.

Victorian period drama is bad enough but when it's mixed up with period razzamatazz, smart talk, larger than life boring characters and then it misses the science....

And the movie it self is boring , the writers are not good enough to make two people in a balloon interesting .

Thoroughly enjoyable .

Yes, I understand the woman lead was made up and the real Henry Coxwell was left completely out BUT it did make for an entertaining movie.

This is an exciting adventure which takes place over a short time span - a couple of hourse - but which remains suspenseful all the way through.

While Glaisher was a meteorological pioneer, the final product still managed to make his story seem boring and irrelevant.

It is well made and exciting and a great spectacle on the big screen.

It's already hard enough to understand what his mad character is trying to say at times with bland soft hollow delivery.

I Enjoyed It .

Fantastic scenery and thrilling.

I might have enjoyed it more had it not stated it was inspired by true events.

It's ironic, however, that the fictionalizing of the flight purported to be for the study of meteorology is most engaging on the level of physical reaction.

An Engaging Journey of adventure.

Solid entertainment and worth the watch.

I found this to be very effective and the two leads made it that much more enjoyable.

The two scientists risk their lives to advance knowledge, and the story is very engaging.

I mostly enjoyed it.

This has turned out to be a great, exciting, emotional, entertaining movie that I really enjoyed.

that being said i found very boring and it never really got going.

I thought it was an entertaining piece of film making not to be taken as anything more than entertainment.

The whole movie is a waste of time and effort by a good cast of actors and actresses

It was exciting in many ways, especially for some one like me who is afraid of heights like this.

It is waste of time to watch this movie the story and the acting was poor you can go to talk on the phon and come back to continue the movie

Enjoyable film, bad rewrite of history .

Technically the film is great, with beautiful photography and special effects but the script is based on superficial, cliché and boring flashbacks to fill the gaps.

costume dramas are generally tedious and this slid right in with the multitude that have gone before it.

I was on the edge watching this movie from beginning to end.

It is definitely worth the watch.

The direction this film takes is good but, it starts of a little slow.

Some really great effects and images with some really exciting editing at times.

Boring .

It can be scary and thrilling.

Enjoyable .

An entertaining distraction for an evening.

Very bland.


Now days, due to the demeaning and revolting political correctness, history is being changed constantly, specially in movies which are a powerful propaganda way to reach the masses.

Eddie Redmayne, I guess I will never be a fan of him, plays his usual character like he always does, dull and uninspired.

The backstory wasn't very interesting and a bit slow to develop but the balloon scenes were beautifully rendered, thrilling and engaging.

Enjoyable escapism .

But I'm sure someone might still find it entertaining, as I did here and there.

That aside I thought it was still entertaining enough, as a fictional story then.

Movie is too long (100 min) for its thin script, while 85% of the film is two main actors (Redmayne & Jones) in a balloon basket and they make the most of it.

A humorous film which will keep you on the edge of your seat, it will at times take your breath away.

A bit entertaining, kind of adventurous, visually engaging, and deserves the 6.6 average it has at the time of this review.

The movie overall was entertaining if you didnt know the historical story behind the two brave MEN that travelled there and back .

Thrilling story of perseverance and gutsA must watchh

The Aeronauts, despite the historical inaccuracy and fictionalised strands for the sake of entertainment, floats through the atmosphere in a gloriously thrilling adventure that remains both grounded in narration and afloat in excitement.

Visually compelling.

Unexpected and amazing .

Sometimes films that flick back and forth between the present and the past to build the narrative can become tedious and this grated on My enjoyment of the film in the end.

I only go to watch a movie for a bit of escapism and enjoyable entertainment.

Compelling characters, very good performances and breathtaking visuals make for a very enjoyable watching experience.

This deeply emotional story is elevated by the stunning performances of Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, who take us with them on an exhilarating ride.

Pointless and stupid .

The flashbacks which show how they got to where they are - Royal Society's mocking of Redmayne / Jones' previous marriage are actually a bit boring, but overall, particularly after the first hour, it is certainly enjoyable.

It had wonderful action that kept me on the edge of my seat, with flashbacks that filled us on who the character are and why they are the way they are.

The way the aspect ratio changes and fills the entire screen during the sequences in the sky was breathtaking.

The cinematography and direction will leave you on the edge of your seat with its breathtaking sequences with the characters in the sky and trying to survive the high altitude.

Much better than Redmayne's one-dimensional drawn out boring character.

Dull Doesn't Even Come Close .

An exciting adventure for all.

Intense and Technically Impressive .

The first 5 minutes it seemed like it could be going somewhere and then it was just boring the rest of the way.

But then, the movie is over and I leave the theater as someone who was invited to a feast and ended up munching some peanuts...

I'm bored!

Visually stunning .

A historical drama that is more parts thrilling action .

As a work of fiction, it is an enjoyable movie.

it was fairly enjoyable to watch.

These scenes are beyond tense, well shot, and exciting and it makes this film worth watching.

I enjoyed it so much and i learnt some other things which i find really valuable.

As I spent the majority of my time, gripping the arm of my chair, or shaking with vertigo!!

The characters all feel overdone and the story is so cliché and simple in its presentation that heavily push action scenes (balloon riding filmed with IMAX cameras) feels forced and overly-dramatic.

The risks of flight and harrowing scenes of survival are truly suspenseful and the backstory of the two protagonists is interesting.

The script is awful, the acting is cringe, the CGI is obvious and dull.

For me the feisty heroine and intense adventure was enough.

The editing style is another drawback - just when things look like getting exiting in the balloon, we are forced back to ground to be shown how difficult it was, in the lead-up, for this duo to get airborne - these don't work well because we already know they won their battles - so it just serves to slow the whole thing down.

Perhaps, instead of grave, they are just as bored as the viewers.

What I found fascinating is the lighting here.

They really come to rely on each other in unexpected ways, and by the end you have a real sense of what the balloon ride means to each of them personally.

The extreme cold effects the balloon necessitating dangerous inflight repairs and ultimately they must find a way to slow their descent.

Some of dialogues are predictable and lame; the VFX are quite terrible and the characters are a bit flat.

Great way they told the story and had me on the edge of my seat the entire movie.

It's stunning.

It was entertaining with great costumes and tension, and it should be seen for what it is: pure entertainment.

All the visuals of their ascent and the upper atmosphere were truly breathtaking!

It is an enjoyable part of the opening scenes.

But it was exciting!

They took the historic flights of James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell and rewrote them into a simplistic narrative that is entirely centered around ridiculous fantasies of female grandesse, turning a potentially interesting real world event into a dull rom-com.

The problem, however, is that the semi-historical fiction on the ground here is dull.

Enjoyable .

With great cinematography and a truly engaging performance from its female lead, this one surprised me, and if you have a chance to see it in theaters before its eventual Amazon release, you should take it.

Despite most of it being set on the balloon itself, and in spite of the plot not being particularly intricate, the Aeronauts will definitely keep your attention for the entire duration of the film, with unexpected turns and some truly captivating scenes.

Just found it boring sorry

This could have been an interesting, and entertaining movie.

An exciting adventure set in the early days of flight .

Visually Stunning .

One of the best acted, thrilling and engaging movies I have ever seen.

Problem is, also, that most of supporting characters are at best pointless and at worst useless which makes this film quite frustrating despite Amazon Studios big budget ($80 million).

If you know this before watching the film, then it is simply unwatchable as it completely disrespects Henry by having his feat given to a woman for no other reason than to bend to the insanity that is overwhelming North American and the UK.

a really enjoyable film!

It was tedious from start to finish, who cares or has even heard of these people.

The abrupt cuts do produce an irregular pace, especially when the two barely survive a raincloud only for the editing to splice a societal debate back in London, but the outstanding visuals and Price's intense score (as to be expected...

it's sort of pointless.

Good little film, very entertaining and great visually.

Had me on the edge of my seat for parts.

Wasn't interesting, just boring, sorry.

The film resembles an rousing adventure film for children, an old-fashion Saturday matinee type with lots of peril for our brave heroes to encounter.

dull and boring .

Visually Stunning.

This movie used elements of real life events and people to tell an entertaining and emotional story that portrays the courage, adventurism, scientific unknown - and scientific excitement to be found- at that time.

Overall: The motion picture is quite thrilling regardless of its many historical flaws.

"Puts your theater seat right in the basket of the Hot Air Balloon, for a trip of a lifetime "📽Audience REACTIONS at its Canadian PREMIERE in September: 😄😄😂😄😄😄(6 laughs) 😱(audible Ooooo) 👏👏(2 applauses during the film) 🤓 (learn about true events)The Aeronauts (Tom Harper) reunites Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (co-stars in The Theory of Everything) in an action packed historical drama.

Fake story, but stunning and breathtaking .

So yeah, it has lots of things it can be legitimately criticized for but still it is an entertaining movie if you are in the right mood.

The experience itself is entertaining, engaging and well-balanced.

I certainly enjoyed it.

Highly recommend it as a movie nit as a history lesson

Whenever the film is airborne, the film is action-filled and riveting.

Then, when they reach the summit of their ascent, well, I was on the edge of my seat.

The script slow and plodding.

I really enjoyed it.

I really liked the Movie despite not being Fact as other people said, it was very entertaining and was one of the best Movies I have seen made from a "Internet Video On Demand Company".

I watched this last night with my family, and it was an entertaining movie for all ages.

I did appreciate the rather early notice in the film that it was mainly an exercise in Wokeiness propaganda.

Enjoyable movie INSPIRED by true events .

Actually, they were quite dull.

The film delivers a breathtaking journey of two people.

"Action adventure" (PG-13) film that is quite boring, almoust as it is theater play being filmed for a big screen .

An entertaining movie.

very entertaining.

The story presented, in it's own right, is an exciting and enduring story.

The best bits are undoubtedly in the journey itself which is often exciting and breathtaking as well as beautiful.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones also have a very natural chemistry, and while the scenes that take place outside of the balloon were formulaic, they weren't completely insufferable.

Was pretty thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat.

It was a good film with a lot of moments that challenged your adrenaline.

Highly Entertaining and Thrilling.


The cinematography is flat-out stunning.

Decent but kind of a cliché.

" It was entertaining, nail-biting, glorious and heartwarming.

It's an entertaining movie.

I enjoyed the 90 min break from reality and while a little predictable, would recommend one watch it.

It is thrilling with her falling and trying to hold on for her life.

Overall, an entertaining night, even if I won't remember it by tomorrow.

A stunning story that tugs at the heartstrings.

I loved the show and even caught myself holding my breath in some intense parts.

Too slow and too many ridiculous boring flashback scene!

The story is compelling, the production is exquisite, and the action is gripping.

The film did sag in the middle if I'm honest but the riveting last twenty minutes more than made up for it.

Just putting that out there because a lot of reviews are honing in on inaccuracy etc etc.This film is a charming story, with breathtaking scenery and heart stopping moments.

What a dull movie and what a waste of time.



A Tedious Snoozefest, Skip This Waffle.

Enjoyable enough Sunday afternoon flick .

But if viewed as a work of fiction it was entertaining and enjoyable viewing , though in movies the true story angle is important and shouldn't be abused.

Despite the familiar narrative, The Aeronauts is a great drama/adventure with genuinely thrilling moments throughout.