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 an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
|Release Date||:||October 9, 2015|
|Production Co.||:||Universal Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Legendary Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Management 360, Cloud Eight Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Danny Boyle, Rebecca Robertson|
|Writers||:||Aaron Sorkin, Walter Isaacson|
|Casts||:||Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook, Adam Shapiro, John Ortiz, Perla Haney-Jardine, Steven Wiig, Apeksha Pradhan, Diogo Hausen, Lana Palmer, Ripley Sobo, John Steen, Stan Roth, Mihran Slougian|
|Plot Keywords||:||biography, computer, father daughter relationship, apple computer, steve jobs, based on true events|
Steve Jobs Reviews
- Film Different: A Cool Movie - Not meant to be a documentaryby 21 October 2015on
99 out of 175 people found the following review useful:
This movie is a dramatization, based on stuff that really happened, and it is a really cool movie.
No, this movie isn't meant to show history exactly as it happened. If you want to know all that read the book by Walter Isaacson. It's a great book.
The script is pure Sorkin-Porn. Rapid-fire dialogue with 2 conversations going on at the same time. If you liked The West Wing or any of Aaron Sorkin's other movies, you'll feel at home with this one.
They also get the small emotional moments right as well. Some of the best moments are between Steve and his daughter.
The directing and editing is masterful. I liked the choice to shoot on different formats for the different years and the flashback scenes punctuate the drama on screen perfectly.
All the actors do a fine job, especially Michael Stuhlbarg who plays Andy Hertzfeld.
I hope when they release this movie on blu ray they include the video of the real Steve doing these product launches as bonus features.
If you can get past the fact that this movie isn't a word for word recreation of history, you will enjoy it.
- iGod Or iMonster?by 10 October 2015on
118 out of 213 people found the following review useful:
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+.
- Genius= A Closed System Incompatible With Allby 11 May 2016on
26 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
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
- A Portraitby 1 December 2015on
49 out of 81 people found the following review useful:
I remember when back in 2013 the Jobs movie came out. Everything about the film's trailer was "do not see". Still to this day the moment when Kutcher says "we're making Apple cool again" makes me laugh. Right from the start this film looked like they were going to do it right and I was anxiously waiting for it. And even though Steve Jobs wasn't everything I thought it would be it is still a quality drama.
Yet I can also see why it was not so commercially successful. It's weird format of taking place before three computer unveilings and the film essentially consisting of conversations with limited action between them. It is by no means a biography of the man's entire life but it does paint a portrait which, like any picture, only reveals some aspects of the person.
The film has a great cast who give solid performances. Michael Fassbender creates a character whose tyrannical and devilish behaviour you want to keep watching while longing for a glimpse of the human side.
Overall Steve Jobs is a very watchable and engaging film, provided you are already into end of the year Oscar bait drama films.
- Steve Jobsby 1 January 2016on
36 out of 62 people found the following review useful:
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.
- Not what i expectedby 3 February 2016on
57 out of 104 people found the following review useful:
First of all.. I've seen Jobs with Ashton Kutcher and it wasn't that bad as everyone said and i personally think it was much more interesting than this one.
Steve Jobs was entertaining.. yes, but it was difficult to follow the plot. After watching the Movie i had no clue what Steve actually did, i mean i know some things, but i've learned nothing about his life after seeing this Movie. The only thing that this Movie brought to me was the Fact that he sucked as a Father and as a Human. Do i know why he did all this?...no.
In the End this Movie opened a lot of questions but none of them getting answered and this is the reason why i think i didn't liked it that much.
Yes the acting was great and all, but i hope it's not just me who thinks that a Movie needs more than just good acting..
Would you like to see the invention of Apple and what Steve Jobs done for it, watch the one with Ashton Kutcher...
If you like to see a Movie about Steve Jobs personal life without any real answers to it, watch this Movie...
- Boring, Uneventful & Slowby 29 December 2015on
60 out of 112 people found the following review useful:
Steve Jobs has one of the worst movie titles in film history. Of all the names for the marketing team to come up with, this was the weakest one. If the Ashton Kutcher movie hadn't been released already, I am betting the farm this would have been named Jobs. That being said, the movie plays REALLY long- and until the ending, it's a talky bore.
Michael Fassbender plays the title role, and although he's a fine actor- Christian Bale (the original choice), should have been cast. Nonetheless Fassbender does what he can. We witness how the co-founder of Apple is during three behind-the-scenes unveiling's for his product, all before the 2000s.
When watching the movie, I was reminded of The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Both that film and this center around a famous public figure, but the movies aren't really about them or told as biopics. They are more personalized and experimental. Streep's movie is really about how a woman deals with dementia and her love for her husband. Fassbender's movie really is about how a man deals with narcissism and his love for his daughter. Both films are uneven and messy because the focus is too grounded in emotion, when the audience is more interested in their overall lives and not just these niche moments. Because of this, both movies are not that interesting to watch- but are elevated by strong performances. Streep won an Oscar for her role, and Fassbender will be nominated.
Kate Winslet, with an uneven accent, plays Steve Jobs' assistant who is the only person who can really stand up to him (well, that's a lie- since Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels also have cat fights). I was a little annoyed with Winslet's personality, and awful hairdo. She starts getting on my nerves when she threatens to quit unless Steve can patch things up with his daughter. Any professional knows not to mix business with personal- and her job is to work for Apple, not be a therapist. Winslet is okay in her scenes, but her character is unlikable. If I were Steve Jobs, I would have fired her.
Then there's the business of Lisa- the daughter, and I guess the TRUE emotional back-story for the movie's purpose. Forget that I'm worth billions of dollars, I better run after my little girl and remind her that I plan to invent the iPod for her songs and that I remembered some dumb painting she made on the Macintosh when she was 5. The daughter is also unnerving because Steve Jobs was paying child support, and didn't love the Mother anymore. He owes nothing to his daughter if he doesn't wish to donate- but he attempts to show he cares, and she eventually folds in the parking lot (which looks just like the parking lot in the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky).
Steve Jobs is talky and overtly uncinematic, so I was restless when viewing it. There is nothing happening but a lot of nerdy white people talking really fast and using big words to impress folks. Oh, sound like The Social Network all over again? Well, Aaron Sorkin wrote that too. He's not a good screenwriter- he's an elitist who has a big vocabulary. But he sucks at creating characters that are believable. Fassbender and Daniels aside, this movie is one of 2015's biggest disappointments.
FINAL GRADE: D
- Whitewashing for the isheep out there.by 13 October 2016on
7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Don't get me wrong, I use and like apple products but I have enough freewill to explore other phones and laptops. So I'm not hating on Apple products here. This film however, reminds me of those annoying poser hipsters who worship Steve Jobs like a god. The man was flawed, but this film does nothing but enable Apple fanboys (not Apple fans, there is a difference), by pretending there was a method to his madness when he treated his daughter like sh!t. Or how Steve Jobs demanded Apple stop giving to charities. Or him abusing his employees on a daily basis. And basically this movie covers all that stuff up. Even the Ashton Kutcher Jobs movie had the balls to sort of tell the truth. This film however is a cop out. Michael Fassbender plays an awful Steve Jobs. He has the look but his voice is totally off and distracting at times. Seth Rogen pretty much plays himself for the hundredth time, no surprise. The film is shot well enough but the story is way too fictitious. His daughter is using a cassette player in the late 90s? Is this movie seriously trying to claim the world didn't have MP3 players before the iPod came out? I could go on and go.
- A Job Partially Well Doneby 18 February 2016on
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Reviewed by: Dare Devil Kid (DDK)
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Though it'll undoubtedly have a more profound effect on those with a deeper knowledge of Apple's history or who share a fervent relationship with every product the company launches, "Steve Jobs" is nonetheless an affecting piece of cinema that boldly chooses a stark portrayal of the tech giant's late CEO without ever veering into the degradation or canonization of its eponymous subject. 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 Apple's digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of its cofounder.
Aaron Sorkin's screenplay and Danny Boyle's Direction offers a Steve Jobs profile that doesn't idolize or criticize him, providing us valuable insight to the man's life and other important individuals who impacted it. But that insight feels incomplete and unrefined at various points in the film, because Sorkin's (usually impeccable) writing keeps treading into theatrical, garrulous, and, dare I say, even self-indulgent territory to metamorphose into a truly involving experience.
Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet create all the drama, intensity, conflict, and dynamism required to propel Aaron Sorkin's minimalist screenplay into grander terrain, but the film is simultaneously inspiring and frustrating, much like the individual it's based on. In particular, Fassbender's performance is a striking accomplishment of restraint merged seamlessly with command, as he portrays Jobs as a charming, amiable, and engrossing person in one scene, and a conflicted, revolting, contemptuous monster in the next. With due respect to all the other Oscar nominees this year, Fassbender deserves adulation for getting through stanzas of intricate, chatty dialogue alone. And, though, the movie never matches the caliber of its leading man's sublime performance, it's nevertheless, as mentioned earlier, inspiring and frustrating at the same time. Perhaps, more inspiring than it is frustrating, and that's still a pretty good thing.
- Like Jobs Himself, The Film Has Great Moments but Isn't a Great Movieby 12 February 2016on
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Steve Jobs (2015)
*** (out of 4)
Excellent performances highlight this wonderfully written and masterfully directed bio of Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), a genius who changed the world even though he was unable to see what damage he was doing to those closest to him.
Danny Boyle's direction is spot-on in regards to being able to bring Aaron Sorkin's words to life. As I said, on a technical level the film is a marvel and you're also going to witness one of the greatest performances of the year but at the same time there was just something that didn't sit right. I'm honestly not sure what it was but there was something here that prevented the movie from being what I'd consider great.
I really loved Sorkin's screenplay and especially the dialogue. There's a lot of "intelligent" stuff being talked about and I liked the fact that they really didn't dumb anything down or try to make the film appeal to more mainstream crowds. I really thought the film broke down into four thirty-minute short films with each of them based around a various launch. Each launch also deals with the same thing and that's to show that Jobs really wasn't a very likable guy. Whether it was not being a good father or not being good to the mother of his child, the film doesn't hold back any punches. In fact, STEVE JOBS main goal appears to show how flawed the man was.
The greatest thing about the film is without question the performance from Fassbender. This role was rumored to be with many different actors but Fassbender certainly makes it his own and there's not a single second where you're seeing an actor doing a performance. Even though he doesn't look like Jobs the actor certainly becomes the character and makes you believe everything you're seeing. Kate Winslet is also wonderful in her head-to-head battles with Jobs and I thought her and Fassbender were excellent playing off one another. Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels are both good in their supporting roles as well.
The film has a terrific, fast-paced style that director Boyle perfectly nails and I thought his directing skills were perfect for the screenplay. As I said, there's a lot of great stuff in this movie but it still fell a bit short of actually being a great movie.
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