The Current War
“At 32 I wrestled nature into a glass,” Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Edison. Tesla. Westinghouse. With three months to go, THE CURRENT WAR is my favourite film of 2017 so far. Can it be beaten? THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY meets THE SOCIAL NETWORK. What a dynamic presentation of genius. The experience reminds of JAWS, Steven Spielberg using every tool in his toolbox to tell the story. Split screen. Time lapse. God’s eye camerawork. Etc. Etc. A drama as exhilarating as a great thriller. How many period movies are staid, rainy afternoon television staples? Dry and anodyne this is not. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon already showing promise with ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL takes it to a new level. Surely every studio must now have him on their blockbuster tent-pole shortlists?
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