Originally a screenplay, Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Invention" might best be suited for the medium that is its subject. The invention -- one that Sorkin knows something about, having created "The West Wing" -- is television.
Except for the title character -- Philo Farnsworth, avisionary Idaho farm boy who never quite grew up -- no one here resembles a fully drawn human. Such is the burden of exposition that makes the cathode ray and a patent fight the stuff of high drama.
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Which assessment affirms one of the points that I've been trying to make all along: if Aaron Sorkin can't make these characters engaging, then maybe it was a lost cause all along.