“Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs is a lightning bolt of pure cinematic energy,” Scott Mendelson writes for Forbes. “Yes, it’s Aaron Sorkin doing Aaron Sorkin to the point of near self-parody, but the cocktail works. Filled with superb performances and lively exchanges with the hindsight of history in a bottle, Steve Jobs is genuinely electrifying entertainment that never lets up. It contains not one explosion, not one moment of violence, nor a hint of sexual content or overtly scandalous content. And yet it is riveting and breathlessly exciting from beginning to end.”

“The goal is not blow-by-blow history but rather, like Selma or Lincoln, an approximation of the man through a particular time in his life,” Mendelson writes. “Through the course of the unconventional three-act structure, we get not so much an overreaching portrait of Mr. Jobs (Michael Fassbender) but something of an abstract painting. It can be argued that the would-be contradictions and complications of the man can be boiled down to Aspergers-type traits.”

“But considering that no one should be taking this picture for exact science or pure factual biography, it works on its terms… since I don’t have any skin in the game (and I’m not remotely an expert on the man or the era) I can take the film, I can accept this interpretation for what it is,” Mendelson writes. “Would-be deeper meanings aside, the film is a cinematic triumph of writing, editing, and acting. Everyone is on top of their game here, and everyone is flat-out terrific… This is an actors’ treat wrapped inside a writer’s dream trapped inside a deliciously directed (almost perfectly squared) black box… The parts that make up the sum of Steve Jobs are terrific, and the picture is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. A computer may or may not be a painting, but Steve Jobs is a dynamite work of abstract art.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ll have the exact opposite problem as Mendelson. Every bit of dramatic license taken will likely seem an offense to us. We’ll try hard, though, to experience it as a film, not a documentary.

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