It seems we get a new take on Steve Jobs every few months, but this latest one might be the greatest one to date.
Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic Apple chief, written by that master of fast-paced, tension-filled dialogue Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Trainspotting/Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle is now trending 89 percent fresh on rottentomatoes.com.
The critics are loving it.
Really, though, with this cast and those guys in charge, Steve Jobs is like the 1992 Olympic Men’s basketball team with Michael Jordan — the Dream Team. If they didn’t do a great job, they should be ashamed of themselves. (For those of you barely alive yet in 1992, here you go).
The New York Times wrote, “The best thing about Steve Jobs, the thing that makes it work as both tribute and critique, is how messy it is. It sprawls, it sags, it grinds its gears and at times almost crashes from frantic multitasking. And yet the result is not chaos but coherence.”
Here are a few great blips from rottentomatoes:
Wall St. Journal: “In many ways the film reflects its hero’s brilliance. It’s a scintillating construction, though one that sometimes feels like a product launch in its own right.”
Leonard Maltin: “Fassbender delivers a mesmeric performance as Jobs…”
Salon: “This is simultaneously Sorkin’s most satisfying movie script and Boyle’s most graceful work as a director.”
Not everyone likes it though, the following giving it rotten ratings:
Time Magazine: “What’s most difficult about Sorkin’s intricate fantasy is not acknowledging Jobs’ darkness, but setting aside all hope of seeing the real man who inspired it.”
New York Observer: “Steve Jobs and all of the characters around him fail to come to life in any absorbing fashion. They’re not real people; they’re all hashtags.”
Slate: “It’s all too neatly staged to make for dynamic cinema, even if the dialogue does crackle with a delicious nastiness.”
It seems everyone is abuzz about the big fight between Jobs and Steve Wozniak, played by Seth Rogen, toward the end of the film.
Business Insider wrote that Sorkin told them: “Then without much prodding at all you begin to feel like you’re talking to Garfunkel who is talking about Paul Simon. And that’s when I knew there was a point of friction that I absolutely wanted to write about.”
Of course, Woz has never been a big fan of many portrayals of Jobs, but told Deadline he liked the new movie: “I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others (including Rogen’s dead-on portrayal of Wozniak), not actors playing them, I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right.”
Here’s one thing for sure — it sure as hell can’t be as boring as the recent documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.
Steve Jobs first trailer below: