" ’The Aeronauts’ er en af den slags film, som giver sus i maven og stof til eftertanke. Den er en vidunderlig parring mellem eventyr og videnskab. Filmen bygger på en række virkelige ballonekspeditioner og karaktererne er skrevet med inspiration fra rigtige videnskabsfolk og ballonskippere, bl.a. den flamboyante franske ballonskipper Sophie Blanchard. Når det er sagt, så er handlingen fiktion, men det gør ikke nødvendigvis filmen værre. I de to hovedroller finder vi Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and where to find them) og Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), der klæder både filmen og hinanden helt utrolig godt. "
it is 1862 and two people are about to change history with their discoveries. Amelia Wren ((Felicity Jones) is a young widow with lots of money and young scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) has a vision about how to predict weather conditions. Although no other scientist takes Glaisher seriously, he finally finds an ally in the face of Amelia. Together, they use a hot air balloon with a very ambitious goal - to fly to the highest highs no human being has reached before. There, at the edge of physical existence, Amelia and James make surmising discoveries about themselves and about their purpose in science of climate. “The Aeronauts” story is based on a flight performed on the September 5, 1862, by the British aeronauts James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell. They managed to reach an altitude of about 11,887 m (38,999 ft) with their balloon, with which broke the world flight altitude record at that time.
" ‘The Aeronauts’ is the kind of movie that will trickle your tummy but also give you something to think about. It’s a wonderful parring between adventure and science. The movie is based on a number of real balloon expeditions and the characters are written with inspiration from real balloonists, for instance the flamboyant French balloonist Sophie Blanchard. That being said the story is fiction, but that doesn’t make it any worse. In the two leading roles we find Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and where to find them) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), that suit both the movie and each other incredibly well. "