The film Steve Jobs opened last Friday at the Lake Theatre and hardly anyone went to see it. Maybe that’s because a Tom Hanks film (Bridge of Spies) and a Bill Murray flick (Rock the Kasbah) also opened, but the disinterest was surprising, considering that this Jobs film was written by Aaron Sorkin (of West Wing fame) and directed by the always creative Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). It also stars Michael Fassbender, a terrific actor, as Jobs.

The film industry had this one pegged as a major Oscar contender, and because Oak Park is a tech-savvy population, the low attendance was doubly surprising. Maybe it’s being confused with a previous, inferior film titled, Jobs, with the inferior Ashton Kutcher in the main role.

The new film has the same theatrical intensity as last year’s Best Picture, Birdman, so if you’re looking for a higher quality film experience, check it out. The Lake is holding it over for a second week.

Ken Trainor

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