Flash Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Ugh not again; there they go repeating the same story for everyone. I do not know if this has happened to you but I know a couple of people who can take an entertaining story and pummel it down to the point where most people would have lost interest midway through the tale. One of these individuals will tell me a story, move on to something else for a moment and then come back to the original story to add some unnecessary element. I say “unnecessary” because once you give out the punchline the story is done. If you go back to add something else it never adds extra oomph if someone already knows the ending to the joke or story. At a party this person will go from group to group telling each one a particular story, dragging it out longer and longer as they make their way among the assembled people. It is easy to tell when a captive guest loses interest; their eyes keep darting from side to side after each blink as they are looking to lock in on someone to come save them from the storyteller’s discombobulated oratory. I may not be a great verbal communicator but I do know that a good story or joke needs to be quick and to the point. It is like a speech; there is only a finite amount of time one can hold onto an audience’s attention span before they drift off to someplace else. So here is today’s movie and it is the third film about Steve Jobs I have seen in a short amount of time. How many times do we need to hear about Steve and Apple Computer? Luckily they say the 3rd time is the charm because it was for this dramatic movie.    COME backstage during the launch of 3 major products during Steve’s tenure at Apple Computer. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing-TV), this film was intelligent, smart and most importantly acted out brilliantly. The casting could not have been better with the likes of Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Shame) as Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet (Titanic, Divergent franchise) as Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels (The Martian, Looper) as John Sculley; they were amazing in their roles. Michael completely obliterated any trace memory I had left of Ashton Kutcher’s poor performance as Steve in the film Jobs; there is a good chance Michael will be nominated for best actor this Oscar season. The script was so well done I can only imagine the actors must have really enjoyed digging deep into their characters. I enjoyed the mix of dramatic intensity and humor Aaron brought into the script. The fact the story only focused on three specific time frames I believe made this a stronger picture. Truthfully, I could easily see this film again and not get bored.

 

3 1/2 stars 

 

 

 

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Posted on October 23, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I’ll watch it just for Michael Fassbender, I think he is a great actor. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  2. I will absolutely be seeing this movie at some stage since I’m a huge Fassbender fan. I also think there’s a lot of other talent involved. However, I’m just not interested in Steve Jobs. I was convinced, therefore, that I would be bored whenever I do see this movie but your review has convinced me otherwise.

  3. The movie is amazing. One of my absolute favorite this year.

  4. I was like “another Steve Jobs film?” Very happy to see a good one was made. Thank you for the review.

  5. I thought the same thing: “how many movies can they make about Jobs?” Yet it seems to be a trend in hollywood. Thanks for the review it seems worth a watch given the talent behind it if not the subject matter.
    Alas, I am that person at the party with the discombobulated story, going off on tangents. Which is why I prefer writing. I can edit and re-edit what I want to say.

  6. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking “Website Sorted” 🙂

  7. Fell in love with Fassbender in “10 Years a Slave,” and have been a fan ever since. Looking forward to seeing this movie. Glad to read your positive review!

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