Daily Archives: August 25, 2020

Movie Review: Tesla (2020)

Tesla (2020)

Premise: 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.

Tesla doesn’t seem to know what kind of biopic it wants to be. On one hand, it attempts the recent trend of having a character break the 4th wall to infuse cheap modern humor into an otherwise stuffy narrative. And on the other hand, well, it’s a stuffy narrative about the trials of tribulations of Nikola Tesla. Unfortunately, the film is a dud on both of those fronts. It leaves its audience with a dull, lifeless recounting of Tesla’s life that doesn’t seem too concerned about or focused on much of its subject. Meanwhile, the humor feels forced and falls flat every time.

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Movie Review: King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933)

Premise: A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

There’s no doubt that the eponymous Kong’s rampage through New York City at the end of the classic 1933 film King Kong is iconic. For a movie that’s almost 90 years old, the effects in King Kong hold up surprisingly well. Sure, they look dated and the stop motion work is a bit awkward, but the scope and scale of the movie itself is still breathtaking even today. Continue reading