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Entertainment > Movies > "The Current War"--movie Review
 

"The Current War"--movie Review

There is something wrong when an audience member (me!) in more tuned into the soundtrack than into the film. From the beginning I was aware of the music trying to make a scene more dramatic or suspenseful than it really was. I knew more about Edison than I did about Westinghouse or Tesla and I did learn more about the three men but basically it is a story of men cheating, lying but, yet, being decent men. Edison was a show-boater, brash, arrogant man who could charm reporters and would do anything to stop his rivals. Westinghouse was a more quiet man, one who believed you were a success if you left the world a better place than you were born into, yet wasn't above doing public harm. Tesla is brilliant, opinionated and a very flamboyant dresser. There is really no suspense in "The Current War"--pun intended-- and I still am not sure if this Tesla is the man behind the present day company but I do know Westinghouse did more than manufacture refrigerators! Contrary to George K's, the owner of The Gateway, joke about the performances being 'electric', (I had to smile! Hey, he owns the theatre and I don't want to be banned) the performances are fine which are expected from such actors as Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, the standout is Tom Holland as Edison's secretary. "The Current War" is too long, ironically too darkly lit, while the score is more interesting than the story.

posted on Oct 25, 2019 2:41 PM ()

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You would be better off rewatching Boardwalk Empire or one of Benedict's other pictures---just remember--I warned you!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 25, 2019 3:19 PM ()
This is one I think I have to see. While Benedict Cumberbatch seems a mismatch for Edison, I still want to see all these characters. Especially Michael Shannon -- I don't know if you ever saw the horrid Prohibition agent he played in Boardwalk Empire, but it made my skin crawl! He looks far better with longer hair. I'm glad you posted about this one.
comment by drmaus on Oct 25, 2019 3:10 PM ()

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