Tesla

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Synopsis

Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. The film tracks Tesla's uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan). Another thread traces Tesla's sidewinding courtship of financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz), whose daughter Anne (Eve Hewson) takes a more than casual interest in the inventor. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention.

Cast

  • Ethan Hawke
  • Kyle MacLachlan
  • Eve Hewson
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Hannah Gross
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Donnie Keshawarz
  • Rebecca Dayan
  • Lucy Walters
  • Blake DeLong

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Super bizarre movie

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Metacritic

50
Jul 24, 2020

Tesla even more aggressively incorporates documentary-style techniques and weird anachronisms into the drama. His story is essentially narrated by Morgan's daughter, Anne (Eve Hewson), in a way that gives the movie a decidedly off-kilter spin. At one point, Hawke even sings a few bars of the 1980s song Everybody Wants to Rule the World, recorded decades after Tesla's death.

Brian Lowry
CNN
80
Feb 2, 2020

The degree to which the Tesla story syncs with Almereyda's abiding fascinations is clear in every frame of this contemplative, questioning, soulfully philosophical film.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
70
Feb 2, 2020

It can be a challenge to get on this movie’s frequency, but the strange signals Tesla emits are nonetheless fascinating.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily