Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen. During the time period from Apple's first launch of the Macintosh until the innovative iMac, Steve Jobs has had a turbulent career of which all these characters are involved with through every stage of his life.
Steve Jobs is without a doubt my most favourite entrepreneur ever. His character, charisma, innovativeness and genius is something that fascinates me. But due to the atrocious previous adaption Steve Jobs's life known simply as "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher, it had me worrying whether this adaptation would capture the harsh genius that Steve Jobs was.
Throughout my study of film I have followed Danny Boyle's career both in my education and personal interest (although I embarrassingly hadn't seen Trainspotting until recently when my best friend implored me to watch it) and I've loved almost everything he's done. Rumours fled that one of my favourite directors David Fincher was to helm the project but disappointingly dropped out. I thought he would have done this project brilliantly due to his success with The Social Network, although it may not have been accurate it was still a brilliantly crafted movie. Danny Boyle did a fantastic job with directing this film, it felt stylish and sleek and truly felt like it connoted what Apple is as a brand and what Jobs wanted it to be. I thought the choice in particular to use different types of physical film within each act was an incredibly clever directorial choice. Bringing back the retro roots of Apple in 1984 filmed in beautiful 16mm film, to the second act in 1988 that was filmed in 35mm and finally the third act set in 1998 which was filmed in digital film, three components that made some beautiful cinematography. This particular choice was genius in defining the three acts throughout the film, and emphasised the rapid evolvement of technology during that period of time. Danny Boyle silenced my doubts in him regarding whether or not he could truly capture what Steve Jobs was as a boss, a dad and a friend and I don't think David Fincher could have done a better job with this project.
Aaron Sorkin is regarded to be the best working screenwriter of our generation. The guys a genius. His favourites of mine in particular are A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball and now Steve Jobs are all truly masterpieces of both direction and writing, and in my belief he is yet to screw up. Steve Jobs is definitely a dialogue driven film, each sequence is between characters is fascinating and so great to see unfold, however this does come with a downside. I personally loved the writing in Steve Jobs and it was nothing short of genius, but for those who go to the cinema to see big action blockbusters for escapism, this film will not be for you, as I said previously this is a film thats entirely driven by dialogue. Each act of the film is set backstage during those painstakingly stressful moments before three launches of Steve Jobs's product launches, and so the writing is both fast paced but each and every line is brilliantly crafted. The aforementioned choice of switching physical film between each act blends brilliantly with Aaron Sorkin's perfect three act structure within his writing. Aaron Sorkin knocks this one out of the park.
After Ashton Kutcher's incredibly underwhelming portrayal of Steve Jobs, I had such high hopes on Michael Fassbender to truly bring Steve Jobs's character to the big screen. Fassbender absolutely brought the brutal genius to the big screen in the greatest way possible. If he doesn't achieve at least an Oscar nomination it would be an abomination on the film industry. He is without a doubt one of my favourite actors working today and he's added this masterful performance under his belt. He brings the genius of Steve Jobs but the darker side of him, his bluntness and short temperedness and his determination to change the world are portrayed by Fassbender's harsh but brilliant performance. Kate Winslet plays his right hand woman throughout the stages of Steve Jobs's life, as well as Seth Rogen as Steve Jobs's personal best friend and computer programmer Steve Wozniak. Both them play their characters excellently, they bring their frustration and anger towards Jobs due to his ruthlessness but also their obsession with him and his genius. One actor that I thought was better if not on par with Michael Fassbender's was Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the Pepsi CEO that was brought in to help Apple's progress into the future. He conveyed this character that had this tough business acumen but a human side to him, one which paralleled one another excellently in Jeff Daniels's performance. He was electric every moment he was on screen and with his recent success in Ridley Scott's - The Martian, he looks to be up there to be nominated come the Oscars in 2016.
Steve Jobs is a film where I never once saw fault in anything as a film. It's a real shame that it didn't make the money it should have in America, as this is a brilliant biopic and one of the better ones you'll see. The only negative is nothing wrong with the film itself, its just that I wish I saw how Apple started in that legendary garage, but I guess that would be a film about Apple other than Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs is a masterfully crafted film and one that is definitely one of my favourites so far this year, and you learn almost everything about who he was a boss, mentor and father figure. A brilliantly directed, written and acted out story of perhaps the most significant figure in the past 50 years, the worlds greatest technological innovator - Steve Jobs.