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Steve Jobs is a film split into three segments that tells the story of Apple’s co-founder at the product launches of three products in 1984, 1988 and 1998 respectively.

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Filmed in close to real-time the film leaves a lot open for audience interpretation and provides little back-story to the characters. It makes the assumption that those watching have at least some basic knowledge of Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and his relationships with Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) and John Scully (Jeff Daniels).

From the opening segment at the launch of the Macintosh we are thrown into the deep end and witness the hectic events as Jobs struggles not only with the launch but also personal problems revolving around his daughter. This relationship and Job’s poor attempts at fatherhood are to become the emotional core of the film, which chooses to focus almost solely on the character rather than his life story or the technology for which he was famed.

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Without a good actor it would have been simple for the script to turn into sentimental rubbish as much of the dialogue focuses on Jobs’ insecurities. Fassbender however proves to be the perfect choice as he takes on the icon and brings all the eccentricity to life in a wonderful performance. Through each segment he adjusts his performance just enough so you can see the effects of time on the character; but not so much that it feels like a different person. Although the change from a tense suited Jobs in 1988 to relaxed jumper wearing version in 1998 is pretty jarring at first.

The best thing by far about the film is its ambiguity over Steve Jobs and it’s keeping in the grey area as to whether he is a jerk or a genius or both. Throughout the film we get to witness examples of each as the high pressure situations of the product launches provide allow the perfect opportunity to build fantastically tense sequences.

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Steve Jobs is a far from perfect or historically accurate view of Jobs’s life but one that makes for tense and interesting entertainment.

6/10

 

 

 

 

An oversimplified road-trip movie through the Wild West, Slow West thinks it’s cleverer than it is leading to all round disappointment.

Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young Scottish man who has travelled to America in search of a long-lost love. Travelling alone he finds himself forced into being escorted by Silas (Michael Fassbender) a mysterious traveller who has questionable motives. As the two travel we are given various insights into the brutality of America at the time.

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The film looks amazing with fantastic wide angle cinematography capturing all the details of the various forests and rivers which the characters encounter. The design is also beautiful (if a little too clean) and adds a dreamlike feel to the film. The performances of the cast are also solid with Fassbender carrying the often slow story with his fantastic presence.

Good looking as it may be, the film suffers from so many other problems it is difficult to know where to start. A paper-thin story that’s doesn’t even try to fill itself out, characters that don’t feel real and one of the most boring and undramatic ‘climatic’ shootout you’re likely to see all drag down the fantastic visuals into a depth of mediocrity.

The message of the film is also forced onto the audience in stupid ways be it a stupid rant by a random character about colonialism; a nonsensical comparison in which the lead two are compared to a ‘falling angel and a rising devil’ or salt literally being rubbed in the wounds.

Slow West is a film which feels as if it has potential, and it goes to show that no matter how great a cast or how technically capable the crew of a film is; the story is more important.

5/10