Written and directed by Michael Almereyda, this film is a dramedy with a postmodern take on the biographical film as it presents the life of Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) by meshing period film elements with modern-day cultural references. The story revolves around the “war of the currents” that took place in the 19th century between the aloof inventor Tesla and the brash businessman-inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan). Jim Gaffigan plays George Westinghouse and Rebecca Dayan appears as Sarah Bernhardt while Eve Hewson portrays J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne.~Olivia Cantor
This was not the style of movie I was expecting, though to be fair we just picked it up in store without researching anything about it ahead of time. There was a narrator and several scenes looked like they were filmed in front of a backdrop, both gave me the feeling of watching a film clip in a museum. I think The Current War was more entertaining.
Tesla is an okay movie. I mean its done in Michael Almereyda's signature experimental style, and the acting from Hawke and Machlachlan is great, however I wasn't as into it as I was Almereyda's other biographical work: Experimenter. I just knew more about Stanley Milgram compared to Nikola Tesla. So long story short if you know more about the subject you will enjoy the film more than I did.
Difficult to follow story line. Very dark and slowly developing. Could have been more technical highlighting his technological excellence. Correct in portrayal of Edison as a very difficult man. Tesla was a antisocial genius ahead of his time.