Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle, is not the celebratory bio pic I expected—it’s way better. Jobs is a superbly acted and visually stunning film that questions the cult of genius! We follow Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) through three product launches over a span of 14 years. In the pressure-filled moments before he takes the stage, the cracks in his life split open, forcing him off his one-track mind. Jobs breezes through one confrontation after the other, which might be grating for the audience if it weren’t for the poppy editing. I recommend seeing it in theaters so you can appreciate the collage of image and sound, which is really half the fun! Saturated color, white light, vintage broadcasts, flashbacks—all sewn together with an equally intricate web of audio components. It’s like a great meal for your eyes and ears, you leave feeling stuffed, indulged, and satisfied.
Maybe the end is a little corny, but you’ll need a little cheese after watching everyone lose their shit on Jobs for two hours. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to see funny-man Seth Rogen get his freak out on as Steve Wozniac. And Kate Winslet kills it as Joanna Hoffman when she finally goes off on Jobs for being a crappy dad. However, it’s nice to wrap up all that animosity with some tinkling music and extended eye contact in the final scene. The ending dramatics offer Jobs a little redemption from the otherwise unflattering portrait so we leave the theater with a balanced vision of this larger than life character.
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