Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
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A series of epic walk-and-talks about the future retconned to be 100 percent correct because they’re about our present. For example, the Amazing Steve predicts that journalism will change because of computers. (He says that in 1998, the same year Aaron Sorkin found out.) By the end, when Super Steve tells his estranged daughter he will invent the iPod for her, the movie is indistinguishable from a TV commercial.
Like The Social Network, also scripted by Sorkin, Steve Jobs seems so eager to make its subject comprehensible that it threatens to flatten what should be intriguing and strange into an all too familiar, bland narrative.
The Social Network had the right idea, downgrading Zuckerberg in its second half; Steve Jobs, locked into theatrical structure, can’t do that, and suffers accordingly. The first 30 minutes are dazzling, the whole is less than the sum of its parts – but still so deft and snappy and exuberant, and Jobs himself does exude some of the magnetism he must’ve had in real life. A jerk, a force of Nature. A megalomaniac. A great artist. A seller of gadgets.
Strong performance from Fassbender in portraying one of the most unlikeable personalities in recent popular culture. Interest structural choices from Boyle that work, although I personally grow a bit exhausted at points in Sorkin scripts.
This movie would have sucked if it wasn't for the brilliant direction of Danny Boyle giving this film with nothing but talking and yelling have as much energy and suspense as an action film. Add in the exceptional and long winded dialogue of Aaron Sorkin with an exceptional cast to speak these words. The always brilliant Fassbender with the equally brilliant Winslet matching every move and Rogen holds his own too.
"You can be decent and gifted at the same time," proclaims Woz, but Boyle & Sorkin don't seem so sure. Its contrived structure actually works in its favour, ditching tired biopic tropes in favour of something more theatrical and fantastical. Almost Felliniesque in the way the 6 other main characters float around him, neatly destabalising the pedestal of genius. Fassbender's stunning performance echoes Richard III.
I usually hate Aaron Sorkin's scripts because they tend to be so over-flood with dialogue. I liked that they stuck to only 3 seminal moments in Jobs' career while still giving us some insight into his personality. But even with Fassbender and Winslet's acting skills on display this felt austere and 'empty', perhaps like Jobs himself. I wanted something more stimulating on an emotional and visual level.
Certainly better than Jobs 2013 biopic, but with only three scenes filled with dialogue there's a feeling of scarcity of Steve Jobs lifetime. The cinematography is quite good, as Michael Fassbender's despicable portrait of this boss/father, but the movie as a whole doesn't live up to Jobs memorable life.
Sorkin approached this biopic the same way he did with THE SOCIAL NETWORK, treating the subject as something of a Greek tragedy (Replacing the tragedy of human connection in Zuckerberg's biopic, with a grand theme of Power, control, and the price of having a genius mind. The end product is this exhilarating, vibrant, energetic, gung-ho, kung-fu hustle, -I am really running out of superlatives here- hell of a film
A surprisingly excellent film. I could not have been less interested in a film despite the appealing cast and crew, probably dreading what I expected to be another random biopic film. It turned out to be a frenetic and driven portrait of a contradictory man. Sorkin may have his detractors, but I think he did an absolutely fantastic job at bringing this Film/Play (3 distinctive acts) to life.
Even if you wanted to make the argument (I don't) that Aaron Sorkin only does one thing, the truth is he does that one thing exceedingly well. "Jobs" is propelled forward at breakneck speed by Sorkin's acerbic dialogue, which is ably given voice by a uniformly excellent cast. The 'bottle episode' structure is an inspired touch that sidesteps the usual biopic cliches. Only the final 5 minutes register as a bum note.