In every decade, film fans are lucky to have only a couple of films like Steve Jobs, a film that’s both completive of its subject and exhilarating in its depiction of true events. Like its titular character, Steve Jobs is uncompromising, revolutionary, and unique. The film not only is a product of great direction from Danny Boyle and excellent performances from its fantastic cast, but like all great films its success stems from the screenplay.
Set prior to the launch of the Machintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988, and the iMac in 1998, Steve Jobs follows the story of Jobs’s (Michael Fassbender) preparations for the launch of some events, and his relationships with Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), Chrisanna Brennan (Katherine Waterston), Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), and Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg). While Jobs attempts to build up the cultural impact of his products, he must navigate through his crumbling family life and deteriorating relationships, he must both pull off one of the greatest technological innovations of the century, while not sacrificing his humanity.
Best working with intimate and emotional stories, Danny Boyle does an excellent job at establishing the madness and genius of Steve Jobs. The tension of each scene is felt from the perspective of both Jobs and the supporting characters, and the quickly paced dialogue is something that works for the characters in the film. The editing between different timelines and the character development that happens over time is impressive in the way it builds, and the unconventional structure is a surprising benefit to the drama of each scene, and the emotional resolution fits within the context of the story.
In playing the lead role, Michael Fassbender is absolutely fantastic as the lead role. Fassbender is not only dynamic and charismatic as Jobs, but also delves deeply into the psychology of how he operates. There’s no lack of reliability to him, but the film is not only from one perspective, and builds off of the large supporting cast. The vast supporting cast, specifically Kate Winslet add a new perspective to the story, and do more than just play off of Jobs. Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jeff Daniels are all particularly strong in their depiction of Jobs’s partners and rivals, and give some excellent confrontations with Fassbender. Katherine Waterston’s role as Jobs’s former partner also works really well, and establishes a moral ground for the relationship between Jobs and his daughter.
Stunning in every sense of the word, Steve Jobs is a modernized and exciting film experience that is a product of innovation and perfection on the creative level. Not only a success from the perspective of a biography, the film is a story of ambition and independence, a universal story with great work from all involved. Grade: +A