Cert: 15 Runtime: 122 mins Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterstone, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels
God sent his only son on a suicide mission, but people like him because he made trees
Steve Jobs has been on the cards for a few years now, Aaron Sorkin has had the script ever since we could remember. It has passed through the hands of David Fincher, Leo DiCaprio and Christain Bale we ended up with Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender. Universal studios snapped up the tale from Sony Pictures after they failed to make the Fincher version. This was a great shame, but the Boyle/Fassbender combo seemed like an intriguing one. We all remember the terrible Ashton Kutcher version the other year, we we’re clearly on to a winner from the first page by Sorkin. So what is Steve Jobs about you ask? With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.
Michael Fassbender revels in the lead role of Danny Boyle’s biopic. He perfectly captures the essence of the man so hooked on bringing humanity into the digital age that he nearly lost his own humanity in the process. You sense a change in Jobs’ personality over the three product launches and Fassbender does a great job in portraying this. His performance in Macbeth and Steve Jobs are of the highest quality, even Slow West was a good performance. His 2015 has been of a high caliber and probably the best of his fellow actors. Kate Winslet is the stand-out as Joanna Hoffman, Jobs’ closest colleague, providing our protagonist with the human touch that stops him from becoming an android 24/7. Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen and Michael Stuhlbarg all play their part in making Steve Jobs such an enjoyable watch too.
The standard of the film is undoubtedly raised by the impressive screenplay from Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin writes like no other screenwriter and his Steve Jobs screenplay is easily one of the best of the year. Combine his words with the performances and it really is a verbal onslaught that you do not want to miss. Danny Boyle’s film is given a further injection of energy thanks to some sharp editing and a subtle soundtrack to accompany the manic preparation Jobs faced before the launch of the three products. The main down fall to Steve Jobs is the ending it became very Hollywood, very tacky and cheesy way to end the film. It seems like a full circle I get it, but it should of been a rawer end to the film. It didn’t seem to have that Danny Boyle edge to it either, but the picture needed a big name director. Steve Jobs is a superior biopic of the last few years, and one of the better films of 2015.