Steve Jobs (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting)
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men)
Starring Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Inglourious Basterds)
Many of us know the story of Steve jobs, through recent films, documentaries and book releases, so what could this film bring to the table?
In terms of new information, Steve Jobs (2015) regurgitates information many fans of Jobs will already know. It focuses mainly on the relationships between Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Chrisann Brennan and Jobs’ first daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.
The time scale of this film ranges from the release of the original Macintosh personal computer up to the release of the highly successful iMac. Interestingly, the narrative of this film is mainly based behind the scenes of each product launch event. This could be a disappointing revelation for some viewers who wish to see more than close-door discussions between characters; however creative cut-aways in the form of flashbacks offer a unique viewpoint.
Jobs (2013) or Steve Jobs (2015)
I think it is important to dismiss the previous film, Jobs (2013) starring Ashton Kutcher, which showed the evolution of Jobs from college dropout to computer pioneer. Jobs (2013) was a typical Hollywood re-enactment with cheesy dialogue and offering nothing but a dramatisation of information acquirable from factual documentaries. Steve Jobs (2015) has been created using a specific time in the life of Jobs and therefore creates a discussion on specific aspects to his character and decisions.
Fassbender performs a fantastic portrayal of the cruel yet lovably ruthless Jobs. Fassbender’s performance does not simply cater to fans of Jobs and can be very honest at times. This performance adds integrity to the film that can be appreciated by both sides of Apple fandom.
Similar to seeing Jonah Hill in a Tarantino film, I was unenthusiastic to see Seth Rogan playing the supporting character role. However, Rogan’s performance as the mastermind behind the successful Apple 2 was charismatic and honest. The ongoing rocky relationship between Steve Wozniak (Rogan) and Steve Jobs (Fassbender) is engaging and brings strong points to the table regarding public appreciation and character definition.
I believe Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin took a risk with the film being based behind closed-doors but this narrative technique made a lot of information easy to digest whilst cramming over a decade’s worth of progress into 122 minutes.
Despite having read and watched plenty of biographies of Steve Jobs and Apple’s progression, Steve Jobs (2015) is still very much worth watching. This film is entertaining, honest and brings a creative approach to the bio-drama genre.