Steve Jobs Review




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender Michael Fassbender
Kate Winslet Kate Winslet
Seth Rogen Seth Rogen
Jeff Daniels Jeff Daniels
Michael Stuhlbarg Michael Stuhlbarg
Katherine Waterston Katherine Waterston








Every story needs to have these down in order for people not to become bored, confused or lost.

Steve Jobs manages two of these at best.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Everybody is acting their socks off. Michael Fassbender turns in his trademark excellent performance, I genuinely didn’t recognize Kate Winslet until the end credits were rolling, Jeff Daniels was pretty good as… well.. Jeff Daniels and even Seth Rogen was tolerable.

Danny Boyles directing was excellent, reminding me of Birdman and anything that compares favorably to Birdman is doing something right. I even liked the way that he changed the technology used in filming to reflect what was used at the time.

So whats wrong with it? Why did it sink like the Titanic at the Box Office?

Put simply. I had no idea what was happening.

The film feels like it opens in the third act. Just before the make or break pitch, the moment when it all needs to come together, but there’s no context. No text to explain the situation, no news broadcasts setting the scene, no voice-over explaining who these people were and what was at stake if it all went sideways. No Who. No What. No Why. They use new-reports at other points to show the passage of time but not to set the scene.

Also, its episodic. Like when you catch the last ten minutes of the program before the one you want to watch. You know that this is important to the characters but you just want them to get on with it so you can watch The Apprentice.

Finally, I have no idea who this film is aimed at. We learn very little about the characters, even Jobs himself remains little more than an enigma I felt that I learnt more about him during his Epic Rap Battle a few years ago. And Jobs is in almost every frame! With even less revealed about the other characters.

This film had a good idea, and probably worked well on paper, but in real life, it’s a frustrating, isolating, well directed and acted experience.



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