This historical drama experienced a massively delayed release in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, but it has finally seen the light of day almost two years after its intended release date. The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon as Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, as they battle it out to decide whose particular version of electric current – alternating or direct – will go down in history as the world’s power source of choice.
Seeing as this film is set in the nineteenth century, expect plenty of stuffy Victorian clothing and hairdos to boot. Tom Holland, who plays business magnate Samuel Insull, sports a particularly impressive set of sideburns. Though the subject matter might not be immediately riveting, The Current War tells an interesting and important story. It also features Cumberbatch playing a misunderstood erratic genius ahead of his time.
Who’d have thunk?