From the main character in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts” series, Eddie Redmayne is switching gears a bit to portray mid-1800s English meteorologist James Glaisher.
The film, “The Aeronauts,” is set to release in theaters this weekend.
The film is set in 1862, and follows daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Like Crazy”) and pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Redmayne, “Les Miserables” and “The Danish Girl”) who pair up 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.
This is not the first time the two have teamed up in a film. The duo played husband and wife as Redmayne portrayed Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” in 2014.
Some critics have already weighed in on the film, with their rating on the tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes a good one at 83 percent.
“Real life or not, there is little truth here,” said Top Critic Kevin Maher with The Times (UK).
Ellie Walker-Arnott, a top critic with “Time Out” seemed to feel the film was worth giving a chance.
“Suspend all disbelief, hold tight to the wicker basket and go along for the ride,” she said.
According to IMDb Trivia, Redmayne and Jones actually flew in the hot air balloon seen within the film to roughly 8,000 feet, realistically replicating the James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell flight that happened Sept. 5, 1862.
Directed by Tom Harper, the film is rated PG-13 for some peril and thematic elements.
Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:
n “Brahms: The Boy II,” directed by William Brent Bell and starring Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson. After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
The film is rated PG-13 for violence, terror, brief strong language and thematic elements.
n “Playmobil: The Movie,” directed by Lino DiSalvo and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Lambert, Jim Gaffican and Anya Taylor-Joy. When her younger brother disappears into the colorful and animated world of Playmobil, Marla is forced to abandon her organised and structured life to rescue him. Finding herself on an incredible and unpredictable adventure within this new world, Marla begins to see potential she never dreamed of.
The film is not yet rated.
The synopsis for each film is taken from the website Rotten Tomatoes.