"Computers Aren't Supposed to Have Human Flaws; I Don't Want to Give This One Yours."
On a structural level, I can’t think of a film I enjoy more than this one. “Steve Jobs” is broken into three neat acts that each take place around the launch ceremonies of three important pieces of technology. The narrative never strays far from the moments just before launch where we see Jobs, played by the dynamic Michael Fassbender, in his element, barking out orders and calling for the blood of any fools who dare to challenge his ultimate vision. The script draws many allusions to classical composers when referring to Jobs, perhaps an adept comparison as calling Jobs’ temperament “artistic” would be a kind remark. However, these comparisons could be made about the director as well. Danny Boyle seems to take a lot of inspiration from the theatre, using bombastic projections, meticulous staging and shouting matches that wouldn’t feel out of place in an Arthur Miller revival, and these tools are all used to great effect. Almost too great.
My problem with the film is that it feels too polished. I was deeply moved by the end of the film, mostly due to the spectacular performances and some well-placed nostalgia bombs, but those feelings didn’t stay with me. And I feel as though the decision-makers in Hollywood won’t care about that second part, and toss a bunch of nominations at “Steve Jobs” without a second thought (although for what it’s worth, Seth Rogen can and should get a nomination for his portrayal of Steve Wozniak, he was amazing). And sure, yeah, those nominations will be deserved, but this film is so blatantly playing the judges, so patently making the film they want to see win awards, all to say something that people should know by now but can’t grasp: that horrible people are forgiven because of the things they create.
I enjoyed “Steve Jobs”. I have no desire to see it again. I’ll be seeing something like it very soon, but probably not as good.
Also, I'm a PC user, so...
Scotch neat. An angry drink.
-Drink whenever the name of an Apple product is dropped.
-Drink whenever a famous man is name-dropped
-Drink whenever a scene revolves around Jobs’ daughter
-Drink when a news report or magazine article is mentioned or quoted
-Drink whenever Steve Jobs threatens or insults someone
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Steve Jobs" was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is rated "R" with a run time of 122 minutes.
Special thanks to my patrons, Caroline Kittredge Faustine, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin and Antonia Beck. Your support helped make this article happen!