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TESLA
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During the time when electricity was lighting up the world, Nikola Tesla was an innovator without peer. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a good salesman.
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Available on demand and in select theaters.

There have been several films made over the last few years about the Tesla/Edison/Morgan/Westinghouse electricity rivalry. I have a theory on this. A few years ago the Tesla car became exceedingly popular in the Los Angeles area. I'm guessing that just about every screenwriter in town Googled "Tesla" looking for the car and then stumbled across the story of these men and their competition. They all wrote screenplays and tried to sell them to every studio in town. And it seems like every studio bought one.

In the long line of these films, TESLA is another one.

And not a very good one, either.

This film suffers deeply from the "nobody to tell them 'no' issue." Essentially, this means that any film that is written, produced, and directed by the same person is very rarely any good. It is a passion project for them, they want to have tight control over everything, and they refuse to listen to people that could potentially make their project better because it doesn't fit into their vision.

In this case, that person is Michael Almereyda. His vision was to create a version of this story set in the 1800's, but told via flashback and on-screen narrator, and incorporating current day technology into story in an anachronous way. For example, in one scene we see Thomas Edison pop the top on a bottle of Coke, reach into his pocket, and pull out his smart phone. Yes, I know, it makes zero sense.

The only good decisions Almereyda made were with the cast. Ethan Hawke is fantastic in a bad movie. And the cast that surrounds him is stellar. Jim Gaffigan, the well-known comedian, proves that his acting skills go far beyond comedy with his great portrayal of Westinghouse. I would love to see this same cast get together and perform a better script.

This may be a movie about the fight to bring electricity to the world, but it isn't exciting enough to spark any interest. Save your money for something better.

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Available on demand and in select theaters.

There have been several films made over the last few years about the Tesla/Edison/Morgan/Westinghouse electricity rivalry. I have a theory on this. A few years ago the Tesla car became exceedingly popular in the Los Angeles area. I'm guessing that just about every screenwriter in town Googled "Tesla" looking for the car and then stumbled across the story of these men and their competition. They all wrote screenplays and tried to sell them to every studio in town. And it seems like every studio bought one.

In the long line of these films, TESLA is another one.

And not a very good one, either.

This film suffers deeply from the "nobody to tell them 'no' issue." Essentially, this means that any film that is written, produced, and directed by the same person is very rarely any good. It is a passion project for them, they want to have tight control over everything, and they refuse to listen to people that could potentially make their project better because it doesn't fit into their vision.

In this case, that person is Michael Almereyda. His vision was to create a version of this story set in the 1800's, but told via flashback and on-screen narrator, and incorporating current day technology into story in an anachronous way. For example, in one scene we see Thomas Edison pop the top on a bottle of Coke, reach into his pocket, and pull out his smart phone. Yes, I know, it makes zero sense.

The only good decisions Almereyda made were with the cast. Ethan Hawke is fantastic in a bad movie. And the cast that surrounds him is stellar. Jim Gaffigan, the well-known comedian, proves that his acting skills go far beyond comedy with his great portrayal of Westinghouse. I would love to see this same cast get together and perform a better script.

This may be a movie about the fight to bring electricity to the world, but it isn't exciting enough to spark any interest. Save your money for something better.
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