I have watched plenty of biopics during my time as a film critic and I’ve noticed that it does not take much for me to respect when this type of narrative does something different. Tesla might be the most different of the biopics I have seen in some time. Nothing about director Michael Almereyda’s film is cliche. It’s a bit strange, telling the life of Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) and his battle with Thomas Edison (Kyle McLachlan) in the industry of electricity, and what exactly drove him to be the visionary that he was. There’s a constant, languid pace to this telling, a focus on the mind of a man, and the difficult pressure of being an innovator. Tesla is the eclectic and electric kind of biopic.