The Current War

The Current War should be full of lightbulb moments as it’s about inventor Thomas Edison – played by Benedict Cumberbatch and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) taking each other on to see which system America would adopt – alternating current or direct current. How illuminating.  

Billed as a battle to control the future of the world, they got a lot of names up in lights – Tom Holland, Matthew McFadyen, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, and even Craig Roberts again… 

But all the electricity fails to spark, even with Benedict giving it his best irascible genius schtick – see Sherlock, Imitation Game, Fifth Estate, Dr Strange…

Despite taking in the invention of the electric chair – which adds a moral element to the ‘advance of technology’ debate – and the record player, even the movies, too, the film just can’t find any drama. Switching back and forth between inventors, never sure what’s at stake or where the peril in the outcome might lie. The Current War is a turn-off.