Steve Jobs


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Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman
Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak
Sarah Snook as Andrea Cunningham
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Reviewed by ArchAngel Michael 7 / 10

Genius= A Closed System Incompatible With All

Spoilers Ahead:

First, as your movie reviewer, if you are looking for a history of Apple or even Jobs himself, this movie will disappoint you. The movie is an existential dissection of a genius coupled with Danny Boyle's deep ambivalence about the computer. The first scene is the essence of the movie, my friends. We see Arthur C. Clarke, a votary of technology, telling the reporter (a stand in for Boyle) how the computer will be in everyone's house by 2001. In the middle of his worship, the reporter points out how empty and antisocial a life it will be. Clarke takes mild umbrage and tells him how it will liberate everyone geographically. Now, you will understand why we labor upon Job's divorced wife and denied daughter. This is the paradox of Boyle's Jobs: he invents a machine that connects the world but he is so interiorized, like all geniuses, that he cannot relate to other human beings. Notice how he reverses himself with child support for Lisa when she uses his 'child', the Mac, to draw with MacPaint. Jobs then tells the mother he will write a blank check. This is the key to the movie, the Mac is Steve Job's existential offspring as much as Beethoven's symphonies were his jealously guarded progeny. When Jobs speaks of the Mac you will always hear paternal argot more appropriate for a father speaking of his child.

The other key scene is where we learn about his orphan past where he says,"I never understand people who surrender control, I never would." This deep rejection is the engine that drives him relentlessly forwards; it explains the bizarre anomalies: special tools, two ports, the cube slightly off, no acknowledgment for the Apple 2 and his hatred / contempt for the consumers who are buying his child. My favorite scene in the movie is where Lisa senses the deep anguish driving this man forward, she wordlessly runs across the room and hugs him. Fassbender does so well here, notice how all the rage and fury evaporate from his face for just an instant. We see the only scene of him at peace in the whole movie. This is what he seeks, the rejected orphan pushing himself forward. Listen to his language,"I feel like Julius Caesar surrounded by enemies." The iconic tearful decent in the elevator, after the Apple board votes him out, also is Boyle's image of Steve Job's personality. Yes, detractors, I have heard awful things about the man's factories in Asia, how wretched the working conditions were. I am just reviewing the movie, I defer to others who have better knowledge of the actual Steve Job's life.

What is the point? The point is Boyle shares many of our ambivalencies about the computer being either 'social' or 'entirely a positive.' When you walk into a room and everyone is glued to their devices you may see what Boyle is driving at here. The man who connected the world runs after a grown Lisa who just called his iMac a 'suzy bake oven,' and stormed off. He clings to this one connection to humanity. This is the motif, the rejected genius driven relentlessly forward, so interiorized that people don't really exist for him. He only forms the bond with Lisa when she uses his 'child' for drawing. I recommend the movie to you as a look inside the mind of a genius. He is not idealized, his cruelty and ruthlessness are on full display. Especially to Daniels, he is as cold as ice. This is why my favorite scene works so well, when he gets the love he was denied, we see the driven fury dissipate from his angry face. The movie not only conveys the mind of a genius but also Boyle's deep ambivalence about the computer that you saw in the opening scene. This was the deep pathos of Boyle's Jobs, he connects the world but he lives deep within his mind obsessed with his existential offspring: The Mac. Like Beethoven, he treats everyone around him simply ghastly. His ontological interiority is almost impenetrable, only Lisa seems to break through his deep reveries.

The movie, despite its flaws, is an excellent look into the ontology of a genius: their psychological isolation from the rest of the human race. I am typing this on an iMac, my voice heard by people around the world thanks to Steve Jobs. Those of you who believe in an afterlife, like me, can but hope that the man finally received the peace he never found in this life. Fassbender gives the best performance of his I have ever seen; I was also impressed with Winslet who has come a long way from Titanic. A Good Movie. Q.E.D. Deus Vobiscum Steve.

"There Is No Genius Without A Touch Of Madness." Seneca

Reviewed by Argemaluco 8 / 10

Steve Jobs

According to technology reporters such as John Dvorak and Leo Laporte (both "old school" ones, who personally lived many of the events portrayed in this film), it seems that Steve Jobs is more fiction than reality; fortunately, it's a perfectly acted, well written and solidly directed fiction, all of which is conjugated with each other in order to compensate its curious narrative decisions. But, does it really offer us a "real" vision of the genuine Steve Jobs? Probably not; for that, there are numerous books and documentaries. What screenwriter Aaron Sorkin attempted was capturing the essence of the man and his moment in time, examining his nature through the interaction with friends, relatives and colleagues during three stressful moments. As I said, "curious narrative decisions"... but with an interesting result. The unusual structure designed by Sorkin requires an excessive chronological manipulation, suggesting the fact that all the personal and labor problems from Jobs exploited (or were solved) in the previous minutes to his famous presentations... not only once, but three times. Even Jobs himself mentions that (well, the idealized version brilliantly played by Michael Fassbender), but that doesn't excuse the forced narrative juggling of the screenplay. Fortunately, the whole cast makes an exceptional work, transcending those tricks and bringing fluid and absolutely credible performances. Besides, Steve Jobs precisely captures the ideological separation and fraternal compatibility between Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the adored patron saint of hackers who knew what people wanted... but not what they needed. That's where Jobs shined... imposing his taste and will on the consumers, even though many years went by before the economic success validated that arrogant attitude. In conclusion, I don't think Steve Jobs works as an apocryphal History lesson about the digital revolution we currently enjoy/suffer; however, I found it quite an interesting biopic, not only due to the phenomenal performances and Danny Boyle's elegant direction, but also because of its intentional rejection of the biographical clichés which almost always feel superficial and incomplete. Sometimes, the fragments of a portrait end up being more interesting than the whole picture. Nevertheless, my indifference for the Apple products remains.

Reviewed by Sidd the Movie Slayer 10 / 10

iGod Or iMonster?

Steve Jobs is written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. It stars Micheal Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man, his estranged family and staff at its epicenter.

I honestly can't start this review without saying this easily ties with my favorite movie of the year, The Gift, for quite a few reasons. Truth be told this movie has everything needed to build a classic and uses it remarkably.

Writer Aaron Sorkin has quite a few gems in his filmography which include Money Ball, Social Network and A Few Good Men. He is as versatile as he is brutal in honesty. He works wonders in this movie revealing the man behind the machine rather than the machine behind the man. Without any scenes of failure or success, Sorkin forces his audience to understand the complex and often times revolting central Character. With extremely well written confrontations between Jobs and Wozniak or Jobs and his Daughter or even Jobs and his Boss, Sorkin relentlessly demonstrates the true nature behind the tech giant. Though this movie's central family tension and the Job vs. Apple drama are enthralling, Sorkin injects just enough dry and black comedy to keep the movie from becoming an influential figure's shaming. With that being said Sorkin also understands that the enormous ego of Steve Jobs had to be exposed as a vice and plays on that brutal fact perfectly. With 4 dimensional characters, great central dramas and pitch perfect comedy, this might actually be his best work yet.

Accompanying the stellar writing was Danny Boyle's beautiful direction. Through seemingly unending shots and aggressive movements the audience genuinely feels like their in Job's presence which can be very hard to sit through at times but is ultimately rewarding experience. With visible passion from Boyle, this is one powerful ride.

To my common readers I mentioned a few weeks back that Black Mass had the greatest ensemble cast of the year, I was wrong. This movies cast never really stops acting to the point of absolute realism. To start Kate Winslet portrayal of real life Johanna Hoffman was as beautiful as it was naive. She brought the character alive in full force and truly demonstrated she is one of the best actresses working. I smell a nomination coming her way. I had referenced Jeff Daniel's acting last week in The Martian, well he completely out did himself. He was tender at times and shark-like in others. He drew the line between intelligence and decency and walks this tight rope carefully. Five year old Mekenzie Moss also offers an absolutely astounding performance, uttering few but heart wrenching words. Michael Stuhlbarg works wonder as well on a albeit smaller degree.

Now onto the two heavy hitters. A surprise to me and my theater alike, Seth Rogan gives the single best dramatic performance of his career. As Steve Wozniak, the literal opposite of Jobs, Rogan played the role with elegance and brilliance and I wouldn't even mind the Benicio snub if Rogen won the statue. The role demanded a sweet, naive, caring and ultimately explosive performance and Rogan more than delivered making the scenes of abrasion between him and Fassbender iconic.

I have been holding off that name for the entire review because Micheal Fassbender is the only thing keeping this movie from failing. He dawns the character in such a way, I can only compare it to Jake Gyllenhaal from Night Crawler and even then I don't think I could fully describe it. Filled to the brim with nuance Fassbender offers a cold, intelligent, manipulative, calculating, and over all disturbingly realistic portrayal of Steve Jobs. I really can't envision a better cast lead than him. As calm as he is diabolical, Fassbender plays this egotistical narcissist with such precision its close to horrifying to watch. Though calm through most of the movie Fassbender understands when to unleash the monster which lays in Jobs and is absolutely volcanic while doing so. Under all the deception, tyranny, and technological brilliance lays a purely adroit and masterful performance. Though Johnny Depp in Black Mass was great and Ian McClellan in Mr. Holmes was grand, neither of them embodied their characters much like Micheal Fassbender and it would be a shame and a disservice to cinema if he didn't with Best Actor. He has proved he is one of the best actors of the generation.

Steve Jobs was a privilege to see on the big screen and is so far tied with The Gift as my number one movie of the year. With Deft acting, exquisite direction, and powerful writing this movie is not far from a modern classic. Steve Jobs gets an A+.

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