Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
Drama
, Biography
2015

Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook, John Ortiz

Synopsis: Set backstage at three iconic product launches, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.

Oscar Nominations: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Fassbender); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kate Winslet)

A Word from the Guise: I must first preface that I have no interest whatsoever in technology and its advancements, and I probably have less interest in the people behind it. In fact, I’m almost certain that technology is out to get me, inexplicably failing whenever I attempt to use anything (but that’s not remotely related to this review). My only interest in this film was in its cast, especially my Hollywood husband, Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender, Winslet, Daniels, and Stuhlbarg are sublime. Rogen was surprisingly excellent, though I think a better actor could have been cast. The cast is definitely the highlight of an otherwise uninspiring and prosaic film. They keep the train from derailing until it comes rolling into a denouement with no resolution, leaving you expecting another scene to give the story heart. Instead the credits roll and you leave feeling empty.

I really liked the choice to have Jobs’ thoughts projected onto the wall or floor, but it happened so intermittently that it was distracting when it did happen. I found myself wondering, “Why the hell is there a rocket launching on this wall down an underground corridor?”

All in all, I liked the film, but I didn’t love it.