“As masterfully played by Michael Fassbender in this weekend’s New York Film Festival centerpiece ‘Steve Jobs,’ the late, iconic Apple founder is the ultimate Boss from Hell, an arrogant monster who goes out of his way to torment and embarrass even his most loyal and talented associates,” Lou Lumenick writes for The New York Post. “In this horror-movie-style biopic, Jobs even pushes away the 6-year-old daughter he initially refuses to acknowledge (despite a positive DNA test) — Jobs won’t even admit that he named his Lisa computer after her until well after he’s sure she might have inherited some of his genius.”
“Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ makes ‘The Social Network’ — another acidic portrayal of an arrogant tech genius with ice water instead of blood in his veins, also written by Aaron Sorkin, that ended up losing in Oscar’s major categories — look positively warm and fuzzy by comparison,” Lumenick writes. “I don’t think it will land the really big awards on Oscar night, though. Audiences outside the two coasts (Universal has scrapped plans for a nationwide opening next Friday, sending it into just nine theaters to build buzz before going wide on Oct. 23) and Oscar voters (particularly the largest branch, the actors) may have trouble embracing a film so cold it should require a frostbite warning.”
“There will also be the inevitable, and probably justified, attacks on the accuracy of a film (based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography) that so relentlessly focuses on what the filmmakers consider the negative aspects of Jobs’ personality that it will be labeled a hit job,” Lumenick writes. “Though the latter years of Jobs’ life (including his biggest triumphs) are not even mentioned, I came away with the feeling that the makers of ‘Steve Jobs’ were practically implying Jobs’ early death at 56 was some kind of karmic payback. That’s really harsh, and I don’t think Oscar buyers are going to buy it.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We had high hopes – until Sorkin publicly attacked Tim Cook. Maybe the seemingly quite insecure Sorkin figured out the movie is unbalanced and not being as well-received as he’d hoped. Not so long ago, we were excited to see this film. Now, we’re dreading it.
Andy Hertzfeld: ‘Steve Jobs’ movie ‘deviates from reality everywhere’ but ‘aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths’ – October 2, 2015
Aaron Sorkin blasts Apple’s Tim Cook over ‘Steve Jobs’ critique: ‘You’ve got a lot of nerve’ – September 25, 2015
Kate Winslet on ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic: ‘Sorkin makes it almost not about Steve Jobs at all’ – August 26, 2015
Watch Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in new official trailer – July 1, 2015
See Michael Fassbender as ‘Steve Jobs’ in first movie trailer – May 18, 2015
Universal Pictures announces full cast of ‘Steve Jobs’ as biopic begins shooting – January 28, 2015
Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at Apple co-founder’s childhood home – January 17, 2015
Perla Haney-Jardine to play Lisa Jobs in Universal’s ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – January 6, 2015
Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – December 22, 2014
Jeff Daniels eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – December 9, 2014
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler.” for the heads up.]