Steve Jobs review: ‘Each line comes with its own round of applause’

08:15 16 November 2015

Steve Jobs. Picture: Universal Pictures

Steve Jobs. Picture: Universal Pictures

Archant

The biopic of Apple’s great revolutionary still leaves Michael Joyce with little idea why this control freak inspired such devotion.

In the film of his name, we drop in on Steve Jobs in the half hour or so before three of the most important product launches of his career. Each time the same selection of characters – family members and colleagues, all estranged to various degrees – turn up to engage in slanging matches that reveal a version of his life and times. Each time the product being launched looks enticing, is beautifully designed but doesn’t actually do much. The film of his name is sharp, energetic, fizzes with wit and ideas but is fundamentally not much use to anyone.

At one point Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Rogen) asks him, “What did you do?” It’s a reasonable question for a biopic to pose but after sitting through this all-warts account of his life I still have little idea why this egotistical control freak inspired such rabid and creepy devotion. It’s a character assassination, but you never find out what motivated the hit. Of course, Fassbender is mesmerising in the main role but Fassbender is mesmerising as anyone – Fassbender being interesting as you, doesn’t make you interesting.

I did learn that Apple products, on Jobs insistence, were so self-contained that they had little application or use beyond their own existence, which makes them a perfect subject for an Aaron Sorkin screenplay. The Jobs script is stuffed full of inch perfect witticism and barbs: lines so good they provoke gasps of admiration rather than laughter. His lines come with their own round of applause. As in the Social Network the cast are encouraged to lob them around with a casual disregard, to suggest a level where this kind of cleverness is the norm, an existence way beyond our dull norms.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

Keats Slam

Dance, spoken word, theatre and music aim to bring the 200-year-old words of John Keats alive for the next generation.

St Pancras Hospital, where Camden and Islington Trust is based. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Health chiefs are taking action at the Royal Free Hospital after inspectors found ‘ligature points’ that could help patients kill or harm themselves

13:10
Carolyn Backhouse (Lindsay) and Charles Dorfman (Guy). Picture: Claire Bilyard.

Ladies, you know that guy, the charming fella who promised the world to win your heart and then promptly broke it?

17:45
This private island in Tahiti costs under half the price of a flat in north London

As summer finally makes its appearance and London descends into a sweaty, squashed hellscape (and that’s just the Central Line), it’s tempting to dream of packing it all in and retreating to less overcrowded climes.

12:54
Alamin, Shalim and Khaled Kazi (l to r)

Three members of a Camden family have been jailed for being part of an organised moped gang responsible for a “prolific” crime spree across London.

Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, N10, £650,000, Hamptons International, 020 8945 5907

From colourful painted wooden floors to exposed beams and brick fireplaces, period conversions come in all shapes and sizes in Muswell Hill

14:46
Elstree House

An impressive new prominent luxury residential block in Borehamwood is due for completion this summer.

13:15
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham were defeated in Melbourne for the second time this week after a 1-0 loss against a strong Atletico Madrid side in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament.

Most read Hampstead & Highgate etcetera

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now