Hollywood Contenders: Steve Jobs Didn’t Work

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By Michael Russnow

In his latest work, Steve Jobs, the cringing for me started at the outset with his typical outpouring of clever sentences that in a better dramatist’s hand might lead to dazzling repartee. However, the key word is dramatist, the ability to fashion together plots and conversation that compel us to pay attention, through comedy or tragedy or a mix of both. The mere stringing together of shrewd phraseology that, for the most part, is not believable patter among characters, doesn’t work no matter how intriguing we believe them to be.

So, whether it’s Jobs played by Michael Fassbender, who does an awfully good job with what he has, or his key aide and ally Joanna Hoffman played by Kate Winslet (who seems to develop a thick eastern European accent in the middle of the film not indicated early on) or Steve Wozniak, well portrayed by Seth Rogen, the exchanges are so intuitively profound without anyone giving a moment’s thought to what they are about to say or where they’re saying it that it ceases to be about people in conflict. It’s as if they were robots with access to a terrific thesaurus.

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