★★★★★ – “Captivating and fast-paced.”
Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle (The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire) and stars an incredible ensemble cast; Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen & Jeff Daniels.
This isn’t a biopic. This is an insight of what happened backstage at three distinct product launches from the Macintosh, 1984, through to the iMac launch in 1998. This is a look at the passionate, ego-driven genius, Steve Jobs. It’s a beautiful, dialogue-driven story with some of the best screenplay I’ve seen in film for a very long time. Aaron Sorkin is the man to thank for such a remarkable and engaging script. If you’ve seen The Social Network, you already know of his talent, and you’ll be very happy to see that he has delivered yet again.
Danny Boyle’s directing is captivating and fast-paced. Although this is a dialogue-driven movie, it never lets up. You will fail to draw your eyes away from the screen, even for a second to blink. I love this movie because it isn’t afraid to show some of Jobs’ dark side. He had to make sacrificial choices to revolutionise modern technology forever. This movie is totally incomparable to Joshua Michael Stern’s ‘Jobs (2013)’. This isn’t telling his story from point A to point B, this is telling the story of a man fighting his inner struggles at some of the most iconic product launches ever. It’s genius.
Music by Daniel Pemberton worked really well with the screenplay and the film’s evolution. As you may know, this film was shot in 3 ways to illustrate the advancement in technology during these launches. The first act was shot in 16mm, act 2 in 35mm, and act 3 in digital. The music plays along with this as the story moves forward. Starting with simple pulsing sounds, moving on to simple melody involvement and finally by the third act, a full string arrangement with a completed structure. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a score you’ll want to purchase after seeing the film, it’s beautiful.
The acting by Fassbender is astounding. He’s had his fair share of moments in his career but this is one of his best pieces of work. Seth Rogen was brilliant as Apple co-founder and friend, Steve Wozniak. I was very surprised to see him really getting into his role and selling the character. I didn’t look at him as Seth Rogen, the funny guy. I looked at him at Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels has been on the big screen once before this year with ‘The Martian’ and he brings some great moments with him. Kate Winslet, of course, was wonderful also. This cast just clicked. It’s half of what made this story so watchable. Well done to the casting department.
My verdict; Steve Jobs delivers some of the greatest moments that I’ve seen in film for years. It’s safe to say this is definitely a highlight of Boyle’s work so far. Give this movie some money and see it at cinemas. If you can’t manage that, get it when it releases on formats such as Blu-Ray. It’s worth it.
Steve Jobs – ★★★★★ (10/10)