Steve Jobs review

Director:
Danny Boyle
Cast:
Michael Fassbender
Kate Winslet
Seth Rogen
Jeff Daniels
Rated: R

“Steve Jobs” takes place over the course of three large scale unveilings of new computers. As these events take place, the film centers on Jobs’ (Fassbender) relationships with the important people in his life.

The film shows the tech mogul’s relationship with his associate Steve Wozniak (Rogen), former Apple CEO John Sculley (Daniels), his daughter Lisa and assistant Joanna Hoffman (Winslet).

Director Danny Boyle’s latest film isn’t told in a traditional cradle to the grave biopic style. Instead, the movie develops through three major points in Jobs’ life with each one giving a glimpse into who the man behind Apple really was.

That’s where the real strength of the film comes from. The film displays and details who Jobs was as a businessman, a friend and a father.

The audience gets to learn that while Jobs was a person who was often obsessed with creating the next big thing, he was also very much a man who wanted to connect with people, even though it was difficult for him to do so.

While the movie only takes place in basically three locations, Boyle is able to keep things moving without getting dull by following Jobs through the buildings where the events are taking place. The movie’s style is very similar to that of last year’s “Birdman” with the camera following characters in multiple scenes.

Even though the three phase structure is able to break away from the traditional biopic format and grants a more focused way of story telling, though, the movie does become a bit repetitive. All three parts of the film take place during a computer launch, he meets with people in his life and the process is repeated.

The performances in “Steve Jobs” are solid across the board. Fassbender gives an award caliber performance as the titular character. Through Fassbender’s performance (and Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue), Jobs’ flaws, ambitions and emotions are all present on the screen. In the film, Jobs is aware that he has difficulty connecting with others, and Fassbender completely pulls this off.

Acting opposite of Fassbender, Jeff Daniels is powerful as the CEO who has to put up with Jobs’ difficult moments and Rogen is convincing as Steve Wozniak. Stealing a few scenes was Kate Winslet who played Jobs’ main assistant Joanna Hoffman. Winslet’s character takes on Jobs and his attitude in multiple scenes and it all feels authentic.

“Steve Jobs” is another solid entry in Boyle’s filmography. The performances are all great and the movie is able to truly dig into what sort of person Jobs was. Even though the story telling became a bit repetitive, it’s still a very well made picture. 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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