Steve Jobs (2015)
With a plot that takes us backstage to several of Mr. Jobs major product releases, Steve Jobs takes us into the mind and soul of the man who made Apple Computers what it is today. The synopsis is simple. Just who is Steve Jobs and what did he believe in? This movie takes us from the 1970s up until 1998 when he unveiled the iMac.
Directed by Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting), Steve Jobs does not fail to deliver the award winning expectations we have come to expect from Mr. Boyle. When you have a movie like Steve Jobs that is all dialogue and doesn’t rely on special effects or action, you have to make sure the casting and acting is spot on or else the project will be a bore. Not only is this movie not boring, but the intensity and passion on-screen will keep you on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. Michael Fassbender is a force to be recon with. I would be shocked if his performance doesn’t land him an Oscar nomination. He is a gentle snake that knows every which way to make his puppets dance to his tune. He is excellent and his supporting cast backs him up beautifully. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels are practically unrecognizable in their roles due to our focus being all about Michael, yet their talents are present and well integrated.
As I stated before, this movie is all about the performances, delivery and intensity. For those of you that need a moving plot (as I often do) or action/adventure, then you might find this not your kind of movie, but I would say to give the first 10 minutes of the movie a shot because this movie takes off fast! I’m usually one to gripe about movies starting slow or having boring development before the story takes off, but here, Steve Jobs hits the group running and doesn’t stop! There is always a back and forth with Steve. He is a great debater and always wants to be right. There is a scene about half way though the movie between Jeff Daniels and Michael Fassbender that blew my mind! This scene takes a conversation about the perception of Steve when he was fired from Apple and shows us 2 sides. However, it is the way in which we see the past and the present unfold between the 2 men that Danny Boyle was able to take what could have been a normal heated conversation and made us feel the tension as if we where there. The editing and camera work is brilliant and as I watched it I could feel myself becoming more and more stressed until the bubble bursts at the conclusion. Simply amazing! It is the dialogue and scenes like this that make Steve Jobs into what it is and not just a boring historical biopic.
I will be the first to say that I don’t know much about the historical accuracy here and I really don’t care. With the way the internet works today, I’m pretty sure that most of this is spot on as all of these people are still alive to tell their tales about their interactions with Steve. Most of the conversations have witnesses so I know that most of these situations happened. I would be interested to know more about this man as Steve Jobs paints him as both brilliant and an asshole. Not sure if any of it is exaggerated, but I would be interested to know either way. I will say that I did learn something here as it was interesting to see the rise, fall and rise again of Apple. I remember when Apple was nothing to talk about and then all of a sudden it was back in 2000 and I often wondered what happened and why it suddenly came back into relevance. Now I know.
At the end of the day, Steve Jobs may not be a movie that has high rewatch value, but nevertheless, the story, the acting, the performances and the passion is all worth the watch! Co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook and John Ortiz.
8/10 Stars – Might not be one I want to watch over and over, but the dialogue, acting, and engagement Steve Jobs provides is stellar.
Accuracy aside, the writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle demonstrate a visionary ability almost as great as that of the film’s namesake Steve Jobs. There is quite a bit to appreciate about the film Steve Jobs that provide ample interest and mild entertainment.
At the base of this quick witted film is the powerful material of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, The American President, A Few Good Men). The witty and quick paced dialogue keeps a dialogue centric film moving and interesting. Sorkin manages to compact a long and winding story into a three act film that might not have a set plot or purpose but it gets the point across through the character development which is the heart of the film.
Director Boyle adds his fine touches with a well directed and put together ensemble cast and tightly choreographed scenes. The writing and directing are great but the performances seal the deal for what makes Steve Jobs the film fascinating and worth the watch. I was singularly impressed with the performances given by Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. The two mesh well together and balance each other on the screen as the perhaps the real people did in life. The rest of the ensemble casts provides the perfect balance and interest, especially Rogan and Daniels.
Again, I can’t speak to accuracy in terms of the characters but the story seems to fit the known facts regarding the rise and fall of Apple and of the man Steve Jobs. Given the mundane business nature of it all it is surprising how entertaining it all is when on film. Apple nerds like me probably appreciate this all a bit more than the PC folk out there but that is to be expected. Still Steve Jobs is an elegant film with powerful characters and interesting dialogue that makes it one of the must see films for 2015.
8/10 Stars – Performance, writer and director come together in an almost perfect harmony that only Apple products had previously achieved.