The Current War is an Electrifying Success


We all use electricity in one way or another, whether it is to power our computers or the lights in our rooms. However, not everyone knows the story behind the invention of electricity as we know it today. The Current War is a PG-13 movie based on the historical events surrounding the race between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to bring commercial electricity to the world. This film is a gripping historical drama that keeps you engaged while educating you at the same time.

The movie starts with Thomas Edison on a train with his secretary, Samuel Insull (Tom Holland), and his wife, Mary Edison (Tuppence Middleton) on the way to meet George Westinghouse and his wife, Marguerite Walker (Katherine Waterston). Long story short, they don’t end up meeting, and Westinghouse gets angry and decides that he wants to make his own electricity company. The story follows the drama between Edison, Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Holt) as they all compete to become the most successful businessman in the electricity market.

The film was confusing at some points, jumping poorly between places and perspectives. The characters were not introduced very well, oftentimes making it a challenge to keep track of them. For example, in the beginning, Edison and Westinghouse were supposed to have a meeting and the storyline switched between their perspectives several times. Things got very confusing because Westinghouse was introduced in a perspective switch for ten or so seconds before it switched back to Edison. Even though the film struggled with some points, it did explain a lot about the politics between Edison and Westinghouse. However, the different perspectives took the storytelling to the next level by showing the narrative through the different viewpoints. 

Even though the movie editing was jumpy and confusing at times, the acting was magnificent, accentuating the drama of the battle between Edison and Westinghouse to run the top electricity company in America. Big names like Cumberbatch and Holland might bring you to the movie, but in the end, all of the actors contributed their talents to help make the movie an enjoyable experience.

The movie was overall entertaining and informative about the history of electricity. While there were some confusing parts, that was made up for by the humorous dialogue. I would rate this movie 8/10 and would recommend it for people who like historical fiction or who want to see an entertaining dramatic movie. The Current War is in theaters on October 25, 2019.