Steve Jobs wins film prize, despite ‘unfortunate box office’


Michael Fassbender received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Jobs.
Steve Jobs, Master of Magnetism. Wait, that was the other Fassbender movie, wasn't it?
Photo: François Duhamel/Universal Studios

Steve Jobs may have bombed worse than the Power Mac G4 Cube, but that’s not stopping the movie from being lavished with prizes on the film festival circuit — en route to the upcoming Oscars.

This weekend, Steve Jobs actor Michael Fassbender was awarded the International Star prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, presented by his Steve Jobs co-star Kate Winslet.

“I believe you have a movie that will stand the test of time,” Fassbender told the audience. He did, however, acknowledge the movie’s dismal earnings by saying that it was, “Unfortunate about the box office figures, but, thank god for [Universal’s big-grossing] Jurassic World.”

In an accompanying Q&A session, Fassbender and Winslet (who played Mac PR guru Joanna Hoffman) explained that they used iPods on set to listen to constant recordings of their real-life characters speaking in order to master the accents.

Recently, Steve Jobs picked up four Golden Globe nominations, and the flick is also likely to get a few nods at the Oscars.

It has, however, been strikingly polarising with critics. While most of the criticism has been blamed on Silicon Valley covering for one of its own, the movie has also been lambasted by select “mainstream” movie outlets. In particular, veteran review Rex Reed recently named it his worst film of 2015, with the (somewhat questionable) review:

“If you’re interested in the rags-to-riches story of the late Steve Jobs, the tech nerd who devoted his life to the digital revolution and self-destructed in the process, then stay away from the cold, bloodless and incomprehensible movie with the cut-the-crap-and-get-to-the-point title Steve Jobs.”

Still, it seems that Steve Jobs may have enough overall positive momentum to keep it riding into Academy Awards season — where it may finally get the post-Oscars financial pick-me-up it so desperately needs.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

  • MarkDeMaio

    I watched this for free online over the weekend. Massively disappointing as an APPLE fan because It just has so little to do with Apple as we know it. And, this movie stops with the launch of the “new” iMac in 1998. It’s a movie about a complete and total asshole with zero redeeming qualities, presented in three acts, and in each act the focus is on how this heartless, vicious man emotionally abuses a little girl, a pre-teen and then when she’s in college. The rest of the movie he abuses everyone else. Everyone in the movie rambles on, in endless speeches delivered as bitterly as possible. No one talks to anyone, they talk at each other. Each character is as preachy, self absorbed, and self righteous as the man who wrote the script. I regret having watched it for free. I can’t imagine having paid to see it. Seriously, the Ashton Kutcher movie was 100X better, and that wasn’t very good, but at least that was about Steve Jobs and Apple, IMO.

    • Steve Chavez

      YES! You hit the nail on the head. I actually paid to watch it once I knew it was a failure. It was a total failure and the reasons you described summarize why this “film” should be treated like Atari E.T. cartridges…

  • bdkennedy11

    The PowerMac G4 Cube didn’t star in a movie.

  • aardman

    Always thought A. Sorkin was overrated. He got away with the Zuckerberg character assassination because nobody really likes the guy enough to defend him but a lot of Americans think of Jobs’ personal story as representative of ‘the best of us’, yes, warts and all. When that’s the case, people will accept a warts-and-all story if it’s fairly presented but will respond with indifference or worse if the effort is deemed to be an inaccurate hit job whose distortions were driven mainly by the desire to create buzz and sell movie tickets.

    If the movie’s failure results in A. Sorkin acquiring some literary integrity, then it would have done some good after all.

  • fustian24

    Hollywood stopped being about entertainment a long time ago. They’re now all about teaching us lessons and punishing those not aligned with a “progressive” narrative. Because if there is one place you go for morality, integrity, and wisdom, it’s Hollywood.

    This is a clear hit job.

    And it’s a scream nobody went.