The Current War: Director's Cut

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  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I knew little of the subject matter going into the movie. I enjoyed the story as it unfolded. The acting was pretty darn good. Worth the time... go and enjoy a well done biopic.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Am I biased on this one? Yes. (Spending years researching Nikola Tesla will do that to a man.) So take my over-the-top rave review with a grain of salt. Watching handsome smart men have a battle of the wits may not be for everyone, but if you've got a couple of brain cells kicking around up there, then this movie is for you. Simply put, it's SMART. So smart that it sacrificed making millions of dollars from the very large demographic that wants nothing to do with smart films. With that said, it never trades in entertainment for its IQ points. This film is an emotional ride where every actor turns in a solid and sadly Oscar-denied performance. So watch The Current War - who said you can't be entertained and do some learnin' at the same time?
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    The Current War: Director’s Cut is a mediocre drama that wastes its talent. Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and Tom Holland all deliver solid performances. They are probably the best part of this film. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon brings a lot of style to the film. However, it can become overwhelming and distracting at times. The film gives you way too much information in too little time. So many things happen that you feel like you are lost. There are some entertaining moments here or there, but not enough to make a satisfying whole. Overall, I feel very indifferent towards this film. It’s was really just there. Some parts work while others bore.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Powered by fantastic performances from an outstanding cast, The Current War is an intriguing fact-based period drama.
  • 1 of 5 stars
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    oh lord, where to begin... the first 30 minutes are AWFUL and the rest is dull. the editing is worse than a "try not to laugh" youtube video. the story is a mess and the characters are plain. so sad to see all this talent wasted. terrible movie!
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    An amazing story with some lacks in the plot and difficult to understand the main idea.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Love love love love love love love love love love love so much. Oscar to this movie 😍
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Also one of the most underrated and overlooked films of 2019. Perhaps it was because it was sitting for a release for a couple of years. It was caught between the Weinstein scandal. The story was interesting, the performances from everyone was good, but i felt the story dragged in the second half. But overall, i think this will be a one-time watch for me, but i am glad i watched it at least once.
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    Considering that this movie is about the battle of Direct against Alternating Currents it has very or no "Tension" at all. Pun intended! The story is interesting, but I had seen a dramatized documentary on the discovery channel years ago which was just as good or bad. We all know that Edison was an egocentric jerk and kind of a fraud. He treated his employees like slaves and published all their inventions as his own, including the light bulb. Yes, he did NOT invent it; it was done by somebody else and he just gobbled it up, collecting all the fame. Two lesser-known inventors, Humphrey Davy and Joseph Swan (who won a patent lawsuit against Edison), both developed working electric lights well before Edison (unfortunately not mentioned in the movie). And when Westinghouse entered the race around electricity, Edison, in his sheer arrogance, sued him. All in all this movie is nothing but a history lesson and one can easily wait for this flick on cable TV or skip it all together. 4/10 points.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Mmmm... In Italy the film was titled 'Edison' and I aspected a bioptic about him... In the reality the original title is more correct and adherent to the plot. It could have been developed much better!