01 October 2008

Flash of Genius

Directed by: Marc Abraham
Written by: Philip Railsback
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: 2/5

Bob Kearns had to earn the title “inventor of the modern windshield wiper” through decades of legal battles that had a destructive effect on his family and health. It’s not a simple story to tell, though John Seabrook’s 1993 New Yorker profile admirably explored many of its complexities, such as: is Kearns a nut? And, what really constitutes an invention?

Flash of Genius, the Hollywood biopic fashioned from Seabrook’s same-named piece, all but abandons that nuance and complexity for an easily digestible tale of the underdog vindicated. (Starring Greg Kinnear!)

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