STEVE JOBS (2015) movie review

I’ll call it a film triptych as three periods of time, three locations, and three types of cameras parallel Jobs’s three historical product launches.2462_60_00002r_cropIf you’ve watched The West Wing or The Newsroom, you’ve already taken a class in “sorkinese.” Aaron Sorkin writes with poignant, often profane cutting banter but has an uncanny ability to allow great actors to shine and the characters they play to remain flawed but incredibly likable.1280x720-uThFassbender is to Jobs as Reeves was to Superman. Put on the turtleneck and white tennis shoes and away he goes. steve jobs michael fassbender mirrorMeanwhile, Kate Winslet’s sweeps the rest of the audience in under her protective umbrella to watch the rest of the performance. She is caretaker and necessary foil to Jobs’s hero.screen-shot-2015-07-03-at-20-47-02Sorkin weaves fictional story plots into true history with provocative threads of conversation. He builds an intricate spiderweb of verbal sparring between those closest to Steve Jobs, whose pride and potential trap him in the center of the web. The illusive enemy and savior become one as iNnovation thrusts the world forward simultaneously cutting friendly and familial ties. His own daughter is among the collateral casualties. Steve Jobs (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) with daughter Lisa Brennan (MAKENZIE MOSS) in “Steve Jobs”, directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin. Set backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs’ career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998—the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.Jobs conducts the creation and release of the future of personal computing while his orchestra of brilliant tech and financial wizards play in the pit. They all must play the roles they are given, but without the sacrifice and leadership of the front man, all would be lost. Jobs sees this. It takes a strong, driven leader with unparalleled focus to make history like he did. The question posed, as always, is: is it worth it at the expense of relationships. Must genius doom itself to solitude?steve-jobs-movie-2015-holdingZZ13FA808DAs films go, this one haunts. The Tron-esque pulsing score matches the blood pressure of the film’s namesake. 1280x720--EkDanny Boyle, the director, uses people as props and lighting as sets, playing on the algorithms and symmetry of people on the move, of friendly connections severed, of puzzle pieces placed over decades as industry stretches forward to match the dreams of innovators.
A few flashbacks literally flash in between scenes of dialogue as the three art pieces, poised and playing in real-time hand-cam style stand adjacent in order to be appreciated as a singular masterpiece in three parts.screen-shot-2015-07-01-at-12-37-27-pm

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  1. I’ve heard lots of good things about this movie, I’m going to have to give it a watch now. Loved your review

  2. Hopefully Rogen has a bit part, haven’t seen him act yet.

  3. I liked it… though I was alittle underwhelmed. There was real moments, especial towards the end of the film, that I forgot I was watching Fassbender and really saw him as Jobs. I did love the structure of it too. It just that moments that were designed to be big moments, just did not hit any marks for me.

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