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I, like many, am convinced that had Tesla's final years and works not gone "missing" from room 3327 the world would be an entirely different place. What would a world where electricity was not an expensive resource but an economically available human right look like? No wars for or dependency upon oil, little pollution, and this had been available to us 80yrs ago, before WW2.
This movie does not reflect on the possibility of that world or focus much attention upon the perhaps the greatest genius of the three main protagonists that are the subject of the movie.
Many of the reviews here are critical of the lack of focus on Tesla. But there is a fundamental question we must consider here: does a movie fail to entertain because we disagree with the accuracy of facts within?
Are we rating this movie solely on historical accuracy? If so, we need to be wary. History is our perception of what occurred based upon the slanted perceptions of those who recorded those events. And even then only a tiny fraction of the events over decades combined of these mens lives are presented in just over 100 minutes. How much accuracy can one truly expect? This is a movie intended to entertain, not a scientific journal.
Or should we acknowledge the director chose to entertain us within the aesthetic of a compelling story told in costume, on sets, by actors with fabricated dialogue, in such a way as to grip our attention and spark our emotions?
My rating is on the latter. Wonderfully acted by the two main leads with a stellar supporting cast, an excellent score, and a flawless look with excellent editing.
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