On Saturday night, the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado served as the first place the general public could see the long-awaited Universal biopic of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. The reviews of the film have all been positive based on the screening, and there's even some early Oscar buzz for actor Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Jobs.
Blowing away traditional storytelling conventions with the same withering contempt that seems to motivate its characters' every interaction, "Steve Jobs" is a bravura backstage farce, a wildly creative fantasia in three acts in which every scene plays out as a real-time volley of insults and ideas — insisting, with sometimes gratingly repetitive sound and fury, that Jobs' gift for innovation was perhaps inextricable from his capacity for cruelty.
It also posted a separate article specifically praising Fassbender. Variety says he "completely owns the screen for the film's 125-minute running time" and "therefore a no-brainer best actor Oscar contender who just shot to the top of that list."
The Hollywood Reporter had a similar view of "Steve Jobs":
How do you get to the bottom of a character like Steve Jobs, a figure so towering and complex that he could arguably serve as the basis of a film as ambitious as Citizen Kane? If you're a dramatist with the character insight and verbal dexterity of Aaron Sorkin, you make him the vortex of a swirling human hurricane, the puppetmaster who kept all around him on strings, the impresario of a circus dedicated to the creation and dramatic unveiling of technological wonders that changed the world.Racing in high gear from start to finish, Danny Boyle's electric direction tempermentally complements Sorkin's highly theatrical three-act study, which might one day be fascinating to experience in a staged setting.
Deadline didn't do a review of the movie, perhaps because director Boyle told the outlet that he is still "tweaking little bits" in the film before it's officially released in theaters on October 9. However, it did chat with Apple's other co-founder Steve Wozniak (played in "Steve Jobs" by Seth Rogen) about his opinion of the movie:
When I caught up with him Wozniak told me that, unlike the Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher, this one is totally authentic. "I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others (including Rogen's dead-on portrayal of Wozniak), not actors playing them, I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right," he enthusiastically told me.