The Valero Verdict: Tesla


Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the Biopic drama about Nikola Tesla, Tesla.

A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

Telsa is a somewhat interesting character within the world. He is one of those people that they either love or hate him, and there isn’t any in-between. For me, I do not know a whole lot about Nikola Tesla other than I once learned the company was named after him.

The big thing that stood out was the fact that Ethan Hawke is one of the best working actors in Hollywood, while I felt his character lacked the depth for me to invest fully into him, he made it worth watching from go. He has an insane range of ability to act, and it shows here, especially after just recently watching him in Cut Throat City and RZA.

Transition into the movie as a collective whole, the film is just not good. Have you ever sat in a class with a teacher that is giving a boring PowerPoint presentation that is hard to follow and understand? Yeah, that’s what this film felt like. It was not easy to follow, it was all over the place, and it didn’t feel like they took it seriously.

The culmination of the film ends with a strange moment in which we see Nikola Tesla singing, and we get the end credits. I am still befuddled of what we even got this moment.

The Verdict:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

I would watch Uncut Gems a hundred more times before ever watching this film again.

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