The Aeronauts (2019)

1h 40m / PG-13 / Adventure, Biography

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with headstrong, 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.

Based on a true story, the sweeping views and dangerous airborne scenes weren’t all CGI — director Tom Harper filmed Redmayne and Jones in a functional hot air balloon as high as 8,000 feet for the sake of authenticity. At turns thrilling and tender, The Aeronauts is truly a voyage of discovery, inside and out.