READ MORE: Telluride Review: Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ is Like Its Subject — Flawed But Fascinating
With Venice and Telluride a thing of the past and TIFF winding down, the awards season is off to the races, and Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” is one of the hottest tickets in town, as expected. The biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, premiered to enthusiastic responses at Telluride earlier this month. Even critics who found flaws in the film still had much to praise, including the lead performance by Michael Fassbender.
In his B+ review of the drama, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn said, “A kind of ‘Birdman’ for the tech sector, ‘Steve Jobs’ follows its subject around backstage environments in the frenetic moments leading up to a series of highly publicized presentations. While at times too over-the-top and operatic for its own good, those same flawed ingredients echo the rough edges that define the movie’s iconic subject.”
The film upends the conventions of the biopic in that it solely uses three tech product launches — ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac — to frame Jobs’ life and take the viewer behind the scenes of his digital revolution and assaultive mind. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stulhbarg co-star.
“Steve Jobs” next big screening will be as the Centerpiece at the New York Film Festival. The drama opens in limited release October 9.