The latest ‘Steve Jobs’ drama is here, this time starring Michael Fassbender. Does the biography paint a winning portrait of the gifted and beloved Apple CEO? The critics are weighing in!
Steve Jobs hit theaters on Oct. 23, chronicling the highs and lows of the former Apple CEO’s incredible career. Michael Fassbender, 38, Kate Winslet, 40, and Seth Rogen, 33, round out this drama that will likely make a big statement this awards season. What did the critics think of the film? Find out now!
With such a tetchy, self-absorbed control freak at its center, it’s difficult to explain just why “Steve Jobs” is as entertaining, even pleasurable, as it is. Even the finer points of fonts, motherboard expansion slots and corporate intrigue take on the soaring dimensions of a socio-historical epic. A large part of the credit goes to Fassbender and his co-stars, who turn Sorkin’s mannered, spoken arias into conversational, convincingly intimate chamber pieces… But even at his most overbearingly godlike, the film’s protagonist might have been on to something: There’s a little bit of Steve Jobs in all of us now.
Directed by Danny Boyle and featuring a cracking good script by Aaron Sorkin, the drama aggressively eschews normal biopic methodology for a curious three-act structure that works for the most part: The movie focuses on Jobs in the moments before three huge launches, while also tracking the tech giant’s rise and fall and rise again. It’s fitting, since much of the film explores whether the Jobs that people saw was just another product of a genius mind… Steve Jobs is a fascinating study of a man, explaining who he was but never making a judgment about who he is. The movie lets audiences compute that for themselves.
Steve Jobs the movie aims to catch the man at three public points when people who defined their lives in relation to his showed up at the last minute to give him holy hell. Harsh? Yes. But essential to a film about a pioneer who created products with a slick, spotless veneer to hide all the tangled circuits inside. In Steve Jobs, sure to rank with the year’s very best films, we see the circuits without ever diminishing the renegade whose vision is still changing our digital lives.
An enthralling performance by Michael Fassbender fuels this brilliant, infuriating and richly unconventional take on the life of an American visionary…Blowing away traditional storytelling conventions with the same withering contempt that seems to motivate its characters’ every interaction, “Steve Jobs” is a bravura backstage farce, a wildly creative fantasia in three acts in which every scene plays out as a real-time volley of insults and ideas — insisting, with sometimes gratingly repetitive sound and fury, that Jobs’ gift for innovation was perhaps inextricable from his capacity for cruelty.
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— Avery Thompson