Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fassbender Shines as a Brainbox Behaving Badly; BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fassbender Shines as a Brainbox Behaving Badly; BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

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Byline: DAVID SEXTON

STEVE JOBS Cert 15, 122 mins AARON SORKIN scores again. Despite having little interest in new technology, Sorkin has just as he did with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in The Social Network once more ruthlessly reduced an enormous contemporary phenomenon to his own sturdily theatrical concept of drama.

Although loosely based on Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of Jobs, it's not a biopic. Instead, there are three acts. Each shows us Jobs behaving monstrously badly behind the scenes before the public launch of key products in giant auditoria: the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT (after being temporarily sacked from Apple) in 1988 and the iMac in 1998, after resuming control.

In each section, there's a clock ticking down, just the kind of windup that director Danny Boyle likes. But, although each act is filmed differently (16mm, 35mm, digital), by the time we've reached the last, even Jobs himself comments on the repetitive structure: "It's as if five minutes before every launch, everyone goes to the bar, gets drunk and tells me what they really think. …

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