“Steve Jobs” Film Review

I am an Apple product lover.  From my iPhone to my iMac, I can’t get enough of them.  So I was looking forward to the film about the man who brought this vision of Apple to life.  And, boy, is it brilliant.

“Steve Jobs” is a well-acted, beautifully written and smart directed film.  It features some of the best performances of the year, including Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet.  It’s not a film for anyone looking for a lot of action.  This is a dialogue-heavy film that plays out like a three-act play.  However, Aaron Sorkin’s screeplay is so swift and engaging that you are drawn into the mastermind of Steve Jobs.

The film opens in 1984 to Steve Jobs (Fassbender) getting ready to launch the Macintosh 128K, but the computer voice demo is not working.  Steve is intense and tells his coworker Andy Hertzfeld (played by Michael Stuhlbarg) that he needs to have fixed, or he will go out on stage and publicly humiliate Andy.

Meanwhile during the day of the launch, Jobs also has to deal with some building regulations for a full blackout & a Time magazine article that states he fathered a child with his ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (played by Katherine Waterston). Chrisann and five-year-old Lisa show at the launch, and Jobs’ colleague and friend Joanna Hoffman (Winslet) encourages Steve to admit he is the father.  However, when Chrisann comes to Steve for money, he denies being the father of Lisa, but gives Chrisann money & a house.

The second act of the film, it’s 1988, and Jobs has been fired from Apple.  Now he is working on starting his own company called NeXT, while Apple’s tech sales decline.  During the preparation of the launch, Jobs spends time with his now 9-year-old daughter Lisa, who is experiencing difficulties with living at home with Chrisann.  Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen) also stops by to discuss the launch and some comments that he made about Steve in Fortune magazine.  Then, CEO of Apple and former colleague of Jobs, John Sculley (played by Jeff Daniels) waits for Jobs in the hall before the launch.  The two of them have a heated argument about why Jobs was let go.

In the third and final act, it’s 1998, and the middle-aged Jobs is back at Apple, preparing to introduce the iMac.  He is troubled by Chrisann and Lisa selling their house, and Joanna reminded Jobs that he refused to pay for 19-year-old Lisa to attend Harvard University.  Then, Jobs is further upset when he finds out that Hertzfeld sent Lisa a check for college and suggested that she attend therapy.

The day doesn’t get any better when him and Wozniak have a heated argument over the issue of giving people credit. That argument is then followed by Joanna suggesting Jobs make things right with Lisa, who is waiting for him at the launch, AND also Sculley coming in to tell Jobs that he was wrong for firing him.  It’s a roller coaster of emotions and drama, all wrapped up into one brilliant film.

Michael Fassbender is a knockout, portraying Steve Jobs with gusto.  He is my front runner for Best Actor at the moment. Kate Winslet as his colleague and confidant is superb, even if her accent is a little shaky.  She has some scene stealing moments that make you really love her character.  Finally, the rest of the supporting cast does an excellent job, specifically Jeff Daniels.  He is a talented actor with some very strong scenes.

Danny Boyle’s (“Slumdog Millionaire”) direction is fast, slick and imaginable.  You can tell this his film from the style, making it very easy on the eyes to watch.  His direction is supported by a top-notch screenplay from Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”).  The dialogue is so sharp and well thought-out that you drawn into each and every word.  Top that with the delivery from the actors, and you have an amazing film.

Conclusion:

“Steve Jobs” is one of the best films of 2015, thanks to the actors/actresses, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin.  It’s one of the best biopics in quite sometime, and I can’t wait to see how far it goes at the Oscars.  Rated R.

5 diamonds

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