The CEO of Apple, hailed as the pioneer of the personal computer revolution, died in 2011 at age 56 of cancer. After that, he died twice at the box office. The first time was when his 2013 biopic, JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher, flatlined at the box office. The same thing happened with the 2015 biopic, STEVE JOBS, a film that some top critics loved. Two performances in the flop biopic took it to this year's Oscars face. Michael Fassbender is a Best Actor nominee for his portrayal the late billionaire and Kate Winslet is in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar category for her work as Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman. Fassbender is seen here in the white shirt standing next to Winslet in a shot from the film.
I have the DVD of this film and took three attempts at watching it straight through to the end. The third time worked. I dozed off in the middle the first two times. It's not bad movie. It's just that this talky screenplay full of arguments didn't really make me care about Jobs. What was the Aaron Sorkin screenplay trying to say? What did he want to tell us? Was this supposed to be a cautionary tale of how not to behave? This glossy, quick-paced production reminded me of a line from 1939's The Wizard of Oz that's said by Tin Man: "The tinsmith forgot to give me a heart." Steve Jobs, the movie, doesn't have a heart.
Remember the over-caffeinated way the characters delivered dialogue on Sorkin's NBC series, The West Wing, coupled with those "walk and talk" scenes? There's a lot of that in Steve Jobs. But there's not much heart. I felt it's a somewhat hollow movie. Did you see it? If so, what's your opinion? Steve Jobs was directed by Danny Boyle, the man who gave us Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.