Movie: Steve Jobs
My Rating: 3 stars
I pretty much only went to see this movie to check out the brand new movie theater that just opened in my neighborhood. And, this is the only film they’ve been playing this first week. They have it playing all day, on every screen, with shows starting every half hour. It’s a little bit of overkill if you ask me. But, I guess they’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to pop in to check out the place, then decide to stay for a movie.
Now, this movie is nothing I would have chosen to see on my own, but I guess it was ok. When the movie ended, I was prompted to ask how much of the story was actually true. Because, a lot of it seemed pretty cleaned-up, compressed, and dramatized to create a satisfying narrative. It seems like there have been an awful lot of Steve Jobs movies released this year, so I don’t know what material the screenwriter and director thought needed more coverage. (Not that I’ve seen any of the others). But, it appears that director Danny Boyle wanted to see a lot more arguing. Because, the scripts follows a ceaseless string of squabbles Jobs is having with various people in his life. There’s not much more of a narrative thread to follow.
But, I guess the acting is pretty solid. Michael Fassbender does an excellent job of communicating what a jerk Steve Jobs could be, even if this is a slightly romanticized account of his life and relationships. And, he really does become this man (although, I think those dad-jeans may have done a lot of the heavy lifting). Seth Rogen plays a very huggable, teddy bear, Steve Wozniak. And, Kate Winslet disappeared so completely into her role as Joanna Hoffman that I didn’t even recognize her.
I don’t quite know what to do with movies that I recognize as being competent, but that I didn’t really enjoy myself. I can’t really recommend them. But, I’m not going to say that they’re bad and that you shouldn’t see them. I can fully recognize that another kind of person might enjoy this kind of thing very much. So, the fact that I have very bland feelings about this movie shouldn’t have any bearing on whether or not you see it. Just go with your gut. But, I’m not going to be able to get very excited about this one.