It is said that Andy Hertzfeld, the man who worked with Steve Jobs for many years, said to writer Aaron Sorkin when shown a screening of the film, "None of it happened, and yet it's all true." - That was the overall sense of this Steve Jobs biopic. Which was Brilliantly scribed by one of my all time favorite screenwriters, Aaron Sorkin; and astonishingly directed by one of my favorite filmmakers, Danny Boyle. When you bring these two artists together, these two explosive elements, you will no doubt get an epic display of fireworks! That is what you get when you see this motion picture! Armed with a beloved and ultra-talented cast such as Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston; Steve Jobs provides us with a moving, audacious glimpse into the life of a visionary that would change the world as we know it!
What I found entirely satisfying on every conceivable level is how incredibly well written and structured this story was that came from Aaron Sorkin, a man whose career has been built upon a mountain of enthralling, intelligent, and thrilling stories such as A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Moneyball. His way with dialogue is something that constantly and consistently holds me captive for the entire duration of the film. I never once watch a motion picture written by Sorkin and become bored or distracted. And what's more, his stories never really contain the kind of action that we as movie audiences are use to seeing on screen. The kind of action he writes belongs in verbal exchanges between characters. And that is exactly what we get in this film. The battles are held with words. And the story we follow here breaks down in a very straight forward 3 Act structure - But it isn't the age old 3 Act that we all know in movies, such as the Beginning, Middle, and End. This film isn't a "Cradle to the Grave" type of biopic. From the first scene, it drops us directly in the middle of one of three momentous times in Steve's life, and as aside from a few chosen brief moments, the pacing will leave you in the dust if you don't keep up. Half of it is due to Sorkin's remarkable script, while the other half is due to Danny Boyle's unrelenting and stunning direction!
For 20+ years, Danny Boyle has provided us with visually striking motion pictures that you cannot watch and say you can compare them to the work of other filmmakers; you could literally walk into a room right in the middle of his films, take one look at it and know, "Oh, that's a Danny Boyle movie!" - The man has his own stamp of style encoded into every movie of his! And this is what we receive in this film! Now, combining his incomparable direction and style with the exquisite and mesmerizing editing of Elliot Graham, what you're watching has it's own language. So really there's a lot happening in this picture! Which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you could watch a drama such as this one and it will hold your attention from beginning to end without gunfire, explosions, blood, or sex! And that goes a long way to say a lot about the art of storytelling, and it's a testament to the artists who work tirelessly to gift you with film that sublimely holds you against your will in the best possible way. Steve Jobs delivers. What it in fact delivers, astounding script and direction aside, are memorable performances that really dazzle and exhilarate - An enthusiastic standing ovation goes to every one of those actors and actresses that really shined! This is a motion picture that you'd need to see for yourself to let it engulf you.
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Steve Jobs Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"