Genre Guesstimation – Steve Jobs (2015) – Encore Review


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to bionick@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Biographical Films……

“We’re not a pit crew at Daytona. This can’t be fixed in seconds.” – Andy Hertzfeld

“You didn’t have seconds, you had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time.” – Steve Jobs

“Well, someday you’ll have to tell us how you did it.” – Andy Hertzfeld

Number of Times Seen – Twice (23 Dec 2015 and 6 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Entrepreneur extraordinaire Steve Jobs tries to make a name for himself in the personal computer market.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Nick’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that I saw when it first came out and despite being impressed with Aaron Sorkin’s script, I didn’t really like the film.

Nick suggested I rewatch it and I’m so glad he did.

The film is quite intriguing and manages to help us get inside the head of one of the most controversial and promising computer entrepreneurs.

The dialogue is quite engaging and allows us to get a clear idea of who all of these characters are and how they do things in very diverse ways.

The film is split into three acts where each one takes place in a different time period over the life of “Apple” and gives the viewer so much insight into the various accomplishments and failures of the characters and their innovative products.

The biggest problem with this film is that despite the conversations being so enjoyable to listen to, not much else happens here

The story seems like it’s trying too hard to make Jobs seem like a misunderstood person and it doesn’t work completely despite a great performance by Michael Fassbender.

The supporting cats is also great with Seth Rogan, Kate Winslet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels all doing wonderful jobs with their parts.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Fassbender said in an interview that Christian Bale, who exited the project in November 2014, would have been perfect to play Steve Jobs. “I thought to myself: Christian Bale is perfect, why isn’t he doing it?” Fassbender told The Hollywood Reporter while promoting the film in London. “I actually called him up and told him that myself.” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Come close. Fun Sorkin film that stays engaging throughout eventhough much doesn’t really happen.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (upgrade from original review)

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