“In one of 2015’s strongest leading performances on film, Michael Fassbender effortlessly plays the narcissistic Silicon Valley high-tech pace-setter.”
Patrick King, REEL BRIEF
Almost everyone is aware of the influence that Apple and Steve Jobs has had on each of our lives — as computers replaced typewriters and data-sharing blossomed into personal communications. Jobs’ vision of meshed computers and ordinary phones gave us encyclopedic iPhones on-the-go and removed distance from the human interaction equation.
Steve Jobs’ revolutionary smart phones, tablets and laptops have changed our lives, and the way the world revolves, for the better. “Steve Jobs” the movie, however, only skims the surface of his significant life-changing contributions to your life and mine. It focuses less on one of the most forward-thinking and innovative souls in history, and more on the troubled perfectionist who had difficulty acknowledging–and even working with–others. It’s fascinating to contemplate that the man credited with bringing people and businesses closer together on the planet, had a reputation for repelling others and not sharing credit.
In one of 2015’s strongest leading performances on film, Michael Fassbender effortlessly plays the narcissistic Silicon Valley high-tech pace-setter. As Jobs, Fassbender’s fast-paced movements and quick tongue unveil a cold-hearted, ruthless friend and boss at a trio of historic product launches spotlighted in the film.
It’s at these dark, mostly anger-filled global announcements where viewers find themselves behind-the-scenes, standing between Steve Jobs and those at the receiving end of his bitterness and frustrations.
The first twenty minutes of “Steve Jobs” is mind-blowing and quickly offers us an uneasy glimpse into the man behind the gadgets we use today.
A rapid-fire script by proven screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, along with extended scenes using numerous characters, both underscore this story’s troublesome look inside a creative mind that harbors serious personal flaws. After this stark revelation in “Steve Jobs” is apparent, the remaining part of the film becomes redundant and overwhelmingly anti-climactic.
A sensational supporting cast, including notable performances by Seth Rogan and Kate Winslet, upgrade the operating system of Fassbender and Sorkin. Individually, they should provide enough terabyte memory to give “Steve Jobs” serious end-of-the-year award consideration. However, its stale plot and abrupt ending shouts continuous “Downloading…” to movie-goers, who find themselves waiting for the story to move further along.
There’s no argument that Steve Jobs was the conductor of the microcomputer orchestra. By “inventing the future” the self-admiring Apple leader changed the world. “Steve Jobs” takes the work he started in his parent’s garage with computer-programming geek Steven Woznicak (Rogan), and launches those products under a barrage of tirades and ego stroking. The longer Jobs’ personal faults are displayed in this film, the more viewers are left just wanting to see the next product rollout. A sad consequence for one of the most visionary minds of our lifetime.
“Steve Jobs” is rated R for language. Its running time is 2 hours and 2 minutes.
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