As original and risk-taking as its subject, "Steve Jobs" will make you think differently about an American icon.
A redemptive fable at once artful, elegant, and clean. But by stripping out any and all complications, the movie denies itself the opportunity for nuance and puts a ceiling on its own ambition.
Thanks to Fassbender's revelatory performance, Jobs comes across as a captivating monster, a dictator in a black turtleneck who is impossible to ignore.
It entertains and enlightens, and it's bang on in showing how great ideas are born not through compromise but through vision and determination.
The acting is unarguably, uniformly strong.
The dialogue crackles with wit, anger, and passion. By matching Sorkin's words with Boyle's style and Fassbender's talent, Steve Jobs has hit the trifecta.
Sorkin and his word-winging are the point here: the walk-and-talks and occasional flashbacks aside, director Danny Boyle has a highly structured backstage play on his hands, and it doesn't give him much room to move.
The Full Sorkin Treatment has electrified a well-trod subject. But it also smothers it in artifice.
What raises Steve Jobs way above the level of most biopics is the totality of Fassbender's immersion into the character.