Forbes reviews ‘Steve Jobs’: ‘An electrifying interpretive dance of abstract biographical cinema’

“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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  1. Really? Every single MDN Take regarding this movie has been so exaggerated. It’s a movie; 99% of movies take “creative license” for entertainment purposes. An earlier Take from 5 days ago stated that MDN was “dreading” the release of the film. Riiiiiight. Tone it down.

    1. But as MDN says above, the people on this site know the story. We know the scenes, we know the quotes.

      It will be hard to watch the “abstract painting” when it colours so far outside of the lines we all know are there.

      For a kid who’s just bought his first iPad? Sure. This might be a great film.

      For me? I’m reserving judgement until I’ve seen the film, but I’m worried based on what we’ve already seen & heard.

  2. Disney made Thomas Edison into a hero even though Edison tried to get Congress to outlaw AC current and also used to electrocute small (and even huge) animals outside of his businesses to ‘prove’ that AC was ‘dangerous’ and DC was not.

    He ran electric current through over a thousand different materials to try to find a filament that wouldn’t burn out in a few minutes until he read that an Englishman used a vacuum glass enclosure to keep the oxygen out. His copied solution worked (like Samsung) and then he hired dozens of engineers to create the rest of ‘his inventions’.

    This Danny Boyle/ Aaron Sorkin hit piece tries to vilify a great man who changed the world by merely striving for excellence.

    1. I don’t know about “vilify”.

      By the official record Jobs was a hurtful jerk who didn’t care about the people around him. And then he started growing up. And eventually he became the creative, technology, management and business genius we all think we know and love.

      He just happened to be on a world stage while he was an unmitigated jerk, and did his growing up in relative obscurity.

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