Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) open an unconventional window into the life of Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender is the Apple genius, Seth Rogen is co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kate Winslet is Jobs' long-suffering assistant Joanna Hoffman. Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson.... More
The film is divided into three different eras, each depicting a key Apple product launch and the multiple conflicts Jobs succumbed to from family and colleagues. 1984 sees a voice demo of the Apple Macintosh, but a technical failure threatens to derail the entire showcase. 1988 sees the launch of the NeXT Computer, from the new company Jobs' founded. 1998 sees the launch of the iMac, a technological game-changer.Hide
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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
Even without its Ashton Kutcher-led predecessor, this Steve Jobs biopic would likely have suffered from the perception that there may be nothing left to say about the much-discussed Apple innovator. Thanks to the specific talent involved in the film, it does not live down to this perception at all.... More
Instead, it feels as vital and resonant in its own way as its cinematic cousin, The Social Network, with which it shares a screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin's unrivalled ability to boil down complex, wide-ranging arguments into quippy banter is perfectly aligned with this film's unique structure – it's set in the 40 or so minutes before product unveilings in 1984 (Macintosh), 1988 (NeXT) and 1998 (iMac), and no major component of Jobs' contradiction-filled life feels unaddressed.
Flashbacks within these three real-time sections give the film scope, and director Danny Boyle's gift/affection for multimedia informs the time-jumping transitions during which a lot of information is eloquently parcelled out.
The film's singular composition betrays Sorkin's affinity for metaphors – he unleashes a whole parade of them here, but it never gets tiresome.
Just as how interactions and showdowns were invented to fit the chronology of the film without undermining its power, lead Michael Fassbender's lack of a physical similarity to Jobs doesn't take away from his performance.
All respect to Leo, but Fassbender deserves an award just for getting through the dialogue here alone.Hide
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BY DnA superstar
Sadly this is not a biopic, it's untrue. Most of the conversations never happened. This is a work of fiction with Aaron Sorkin writing what he wanted instead of what happened. Once you read whats not true in this movie and see that Steve Wozniak said most of it never happened I ended up left with the sense that I'd just been had. It's unbelievable to think this kind of trash can see the light of day. And most of us will never know how untrue and misleading this is.
BY flapper123 superstar
Did not catch the previous films based on Steve Jobs, this movie I thought did a pretty good job at revealing a tiny bit of his life both professionally and personally and his relationships with the people around him.
I was in the cinema by myself and enjoyed... More the film immensely.Hide
BY Hiks wannabe
and I tend to agree with Abbey-Allpress. The film showed the same scenario pretty much over 3 acts. It was disappointing and I got bored during it. Kate Winslet was brilliant as per and Michael Fassbender, yeah, he played the very unlikeable Jobs extremely well.
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