Steve Jobs is easily one of the most influential people in modern history. He is widely accepted as the visionary mind behind one of the biggest and most recognizable brands ever – Apple. Apple Macintosh started off producing computers as early as 1976 when dreamed up by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a garage. The cool computer, it was the domination of the creative world that placed Apple as the machines for the uber-cool.
Then, the company changed the world with the introduction of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Steve Jobs reached a God-like state to the ever-growing worshipers of the Apple brand. But, what was behind the man on the stage with faded jeans, a black sweater, and glasses. How did he get there, what drove him and did he deserve the accolades that flooded his way?
As you would expect, there have been many books, documentaries, and films made about the man Steve Jobs. But this movie is by far the most polished and groundbreaking depiction of not just Steve Jobs, but also the many people involved with the rise of the Apple brand. Let's put this into perspective, even Co-Founder of Apple Steve Wozniak was blown away by the film when he saw the first screening.
So, what is it that makes this movie so special? Well, getting one of the most awarded screenwriters to pen the script certainly helps. Aaron Sorkin has written the screenplay for films like The Social Network, in fact, he was awarded an Oscar for that. Now, Sorkin based the Steve Jobs screenplay on the biography written by Walter Isaacson. But he also carried out many interviews, to come to the final story that focuses mainly on a 14-year window and the iconic launches of the Macintosh computers. To say that the script is outstanding would be a gross understatement. In fact, the screenplay for Steve Jobs is as close to perfection as you can get.
Throw into the mix, the absolute genius that is Danny Boyle and you know that you are in for a treat. Director Danny Boyle always brings something unique to each of his films. And there's no doubt that he injects forceful energy to the fantastic screenplay. His usual heady mix of edgy camera work and deeply intimate holding shots carry the viewer through the experience as if you were there yourself. Layered on top as with all Boyle's best films is an excellent soundscore that keeps the pace of the film flowing perfectly.
There are many films with a great script and director that are destroyed by atrocious acting. But, Steve Jobs is not one of them. In fact, the cast is one of the strongest I have seen in years. There are no weak points at all from anyone. Seth Rogan gives easily his best acting performance playing Steve Wozniak, even Wozniak was impressed. Jeff Daniels gives an equally surprising performance as the then Apple CEO John Sculley. Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg give powerful emotional depictions for their roles of Chrisann Brennan and Andy Hertzfeld.
However, the icing on the cake comes from the two leads, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. I know what you are thinking, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, really? Yes, I know, he looks nothing like him. However, let me tell you, within ten minutes of watching him. He is Steve Jobs and that is a testament to the outstanding acting skill that you are witnessing when watching this film. Now, Kate Winslet picked up a host of awards for her part Joanna Hoffman, which includes a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Hoffman was the Marketing Executive at Apple and Jobs's closest confidant. The chemistry between Winslet and Fassbender is mesmerizing and becomes the backbone of the whole experience.
Ok, you may have guessed it, I really liked this film. Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs is an exciting, vibrant portrait of one of the most fascinating men of modern times. Yes, it's a small window of the greater story and it could be argued that it is overly dramatized. Maybe it is not as factual as it could be. But hey it's not a documentary. What Steve Jobs is; is a fantastic movie and I can't recommend it strongly enough. Even if you are not a fan of the man Steve Jobs, just watch it, it's great.