ST. LOUIS — B-O-R-I-N-G is the only word I can think of to describe “Steve Jobs.”
If you enjoy watching people walking around screaming at each other then “Steve Jobs” is the movie for you. I got so tired of the constant yammering that I had a hard time staying awake in several spots. I think I wanted to go to sleep just to get away from this god-awful debacle.
The setting is backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches that spanned Jobs’ career — beginning with the Macintosh in 1984 and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998. “Steve Jobs” lacks substance and directing.
Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs. Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet plays Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen. Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Katherine Waterston is Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg is Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.
The acting is superb. Each and every actor played their parts well. You cannot fault the acting; I was disappointed that they didn’t develop Winslet’s character more. She follows Jobs around like a puppy.
“Steve Jobs” is directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle. I found the direction poor at best. When I went to film school at UCLA, they told us to cut any “walk and talk” scenes because they were boring. “Walk and scream” scenes aren’t any better and this film was chock — full of them.
I was shocked to see that the screenplay was written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, “Steve Jobs.” Sorkin is usually a fabulous writer. He has written the movies “The American President” and “A Few Good Men.” He also created and wrote almost every episode of “The West Wing” television show. He missed with “Steve Jobs.” The story could have been so much better if he had developed more of Jobs’ personal life and relationships and expanded the time frame.
I viewed the film Tuesday night at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine. I only found two audience members who thought the movie was “good.” Most didn’t care for it. One woman thought it was horrible and was glad she got in for free and didn’t have to waste money going to see “Steve Jobs.” Three people commented that it was just okay. One woman told me that she thought most geniuses were manic and those type are at least interesting to watch on screen.
“Steve Jobs” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.