Steve Jobs Review: The Truth Hurts

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Some will call this new biopic of Apple’s legendary CEO preposterous. Some of it downright is. But what those people will miss is a true artist exercising his abilities as a storyteller to admire another artist.

Danny Boyle may have directed the film, and his aesthetic stamp is certainly there, but Steve Jobs is Aaron Sorkin’s through and through. The script divides the film into three vignettes, each one taking place in the short preparation time before Steve Jobs (an Oscar-worthy Michael Fassbender) is expected to take the stage and unveil a new product.

Each of the film’s sections crackle with anticipation for something Sorkin refuses to let us see. In doing so, he examines the true nature of his subject, from his distant role as a father to his intimate, yet platonic, relationship with his assistant Joanna (Kate Winslet, also Oscar-worthy). This isn’t the Steve Jobs you saw on stage, but the ill-tempered perfectionist you’ve read about.

The film is that much better for it. This is the story of an artist’s potentially harmful commitment to his craft and the sacrifices, no matter how big or small, that need to be made for the good of the soul.

It’s unrealistic to believe, as I’m sure reader’s of the subject’s written biography will tell you the coming months, that all of Jobs’ most personal relationships were fought over just 40 minutes before a product launch. Sorkin isn’t trying to tell a realistic story, but he succeeds in capturing the spirit of a genius gone too soon and painting him for what he was: incorrigible, infuriating, and inspiring. Grade: A

 By Matt Dougherty

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