"Edison: The Wizard of Light" is a fictional account of how Thomas Edison takes under his wing an orphan named Jack who becomes his assistant at his Invention Factory. Jack grows up to become a user of one of Edison's inventions - the movie camera, i.e., Jack becomes a filmmaker and moves out of the Invention Factory.Written by
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Being a fan of Edison, I put this tape into my VCR expecting a lot. The movie starts out well. Jack escapes from his orphanage and takes refuge in Edison's Invention Factory where the inventor sort of adopts him. He starts to work as Edison's office boy and witnesses how the great inventor and his assistants invent the movie camera. Edison's eccentricities are well-portrayed. Edison's Invention Factory as shown in the film looks authentic. Then the movie takes off on a tangent and loses its audience. Edison is dumped from the film which then turns its spotlights on Jack's career as a silent movie director in the early days of Hollywood. The movie explores his dissatisfaction with such a career. In other words, the flick becomes boring! Evidently, it cannot make up its mind as to whether it wants to be a bio-pic of Edison or something else the viewer cannot relate to. The film tries to pack two storylines into 53 minutes running time, so it fails.
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