Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston
2015 / 122 Minutes / Universal Pictures
I’m not really sure what I was expecting from a Steve Jobs film. I think I was hoping for something a little different than this. Maybe that’s why it didn’t really connect with me. I wanted more than just behind the scenes arguing and that is all this really is.
First off, I will say that the performance here are really great all around. Fassbender who is always remarkable in everything he’s in becomes Jobs. He’s really impressive in the role! Also quite surprising is Seth Rogan who, in the last act, is really quite good. And of course there is Winslet who is just expected to always be great, and again she is here.
Now the movie… I think I wanted more of a look into his personal life… and death (which the film doesn’t even go to). There was a lot here, but it’s all just talked about. I waited for more to happen instead of just the behind the scenes drama of the events. It’s not that this movie isn’t interesting, you certainly get to see what an interesting person Jobs was. I wanted more of the personal side, I wanted to get to know this person more than just what he did professionally. There just wasn’t enough of that for me.
I think based on who was at the helm of this movie, Boyle and Sorkin, I expected more epic and raw (especially from Boyle). Instead it’s just overwritten Sorkin dialogue that just goes on and on. I’m not saying that this movie doesn’t work, it really does. My expectations were maybe too high and it ended up being nothing like what I thought it was going to be. A second viewing someday might make me appreciate it and respect it more, but for now it was disappointing and nothing special.