Review: Steve Jobs

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Danny Boyle’s biopic of the late Steve Jobs features an oscar worthy lead performance from Michael Fassbender.

For those of you unfamiliar with Steve Jobs the movie is loosely based on the man that put that iPhone in your pocket and responsible for a little company called Pixar that brought us breakthrough computer animated movies such as Toy Story.

Directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) the movie is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the tech genius.

Throughout each product launch, Jobs deals with different distractions and emotions, all the while trying to focus on introducing new gadgets that will allegedly change the world. While computers are machines devoid of emotion or personality, Jobs attempts to endow them with these attributes to make them more appealing to the masses. While trying to achieve that goal, though, he forgets to treat the people who work for him and love him like human beings.

The film is not an attempt to document the entire life of Steve Jobs; rather, it focuses on the relationships between Jobs and his daughter Lisa, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple CEO John Sculley and Mac team members Joanna Hoffman and Andy Hertzfeld. It tells the story of these relationships with an unusual structure, only showing what happened in the hours leading up to three separate product launches: The original Macintosh (1984), the NeXT (1988), and the iMac (1998).

Comprised of mainly interior shots and with each segment shot on different formats – 16mm for 1984, 35mm for 1988 and digital for 1998 – this is a movie that never lets up or allows viewers to do anything but meet it with fearsome focus. Much like its subject.

Fassbender delivers an Oscar worthy performance and Sorkin’s writing is fantastic. Those that are familiar with Jobs’ life will appreciate how the film is put together and even non-techies will enjoy this movie. Unfortunately, Steve Jobs has met poor box office results state side which is surprising considering the praised reviews it seems is getting from critics worldwide. Over all this movie is well worth a trip to the cinema, as boring as the story may seem to some people, I think it will pleasantly surprise even the average movie goer.