Benedict Cumberbatch has played his share of iconic fictional figures (Dr. Strange, Sherlock Holmes), but sometimes facts can be stranger than fiction. The actor plays Thomas Edison in the long awaited The Current War, and the trailer has me excited for this epic and “electric” competition!
The Current War centers on the epic battle for a monopoly on electricity, a war that was waged among Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikolaj Tesla (Nicholas Hoult). Tom Holland , Matthew Macfayden and Katherine Waterston star in the flick.
One of the reasons why The Current War should be a value added experience lies in the actual retelling of an landmark moment in history, as Edison’s DC technology and Westinghouse/Tesla’s AC current sparked many an imagination. Edison’s grand plans of bringing electricity to Manhattan is displayed in the trailer, and one wonders how much of director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will be purely based on fact (one assumes that liberties will be taken, since this is not a documentary!).
Gomez-Rejon’s previous film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl displayed his talents at crafting a resonant narrative and bringing interesting visual compositions into the mix, and one hopes those elements are evident in The Current War. Martin Scorsese, a huge influence on Gomez-Rejon’s creative life, is an executive producer of The Current War. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!!
The film actually premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) back in 2017, and Indiewire’s David Ehrlich wrote that it was “shockingly dull.” Even with mixed reviews (it currently holds a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I am definitely going to give this movie a shot. But the question is . . . will you? This is one film my CinemAddicts podcast partner Anderson Cowan has been looking forward to as well, and maybe this movie had a bit of retooling since its initial premiere?
Feel free to comment below about this film, which was delayed due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but is finally seeing the light of day come October 4th (it hits wide release October 11).