First Glance: “Tesla”


Maverick filmmaker Michael Almereyda is an interesting choice to make an idiosyncratic Nikola Tesla biopic. He writes and directs this quirky looking exploration into what became known as the “war of the currents”. And what better person to channel Almereyda’s unusual vision than Ethan Hawke. He plays the enigmatic inventor and electrical engineer whose ideas ended up being light years ahead of his time.

The new trailer for “Tesla” gives us a taste of what this trippy experimental film is going for. Breaking the fourth wall, peculiar painted backdrops, Google and Macs in the 19th century. Those are just some of the weird and stylish strokes we get. I can see “Tesla” really clicking with one audience and really falling flat for another. I’m anxious to see where I land.

“Tesla” comes out August 21st. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

3 thoughts on “First Glance: “Tesla”

  1. This looks interesting as I like it when genres get deconstructed to the point where they don’t go for the traditional ideas of narrative or anachronisms just to tell a story. Plus, I’m eager to see what Hawke could do as Tesla though David Bowie I think has already done a perfect job in playing Tesla in The Prestige.

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