Steve Jobs Movie Review & Film Summary

Steve Jobs is not the ordinary biopic, a movie that takes you through a person’s life, from beginning to end. No, the new Danny Boyle film just shows us portions of Steve’s life. The movie begins with Steve (Michael Fassbender) at the launch of the Macintosh in 1984, the middle of it takes place at the launch of NeXT Box in 1988, and finally the movie concludes with the reveal of the iMac in 1998. It is a specific portrait of a man in his most stressful times, the very man we use to represent imagination and knowledge.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is based on the authorized, self-titled biography of Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. The book was written at the request of Jobs and was released just 19 days after his death. It was adapted by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind that brought the world The Social Network. Similar to that film, Sorkin is able to take scenes where there are conversations about computers and make them feel like a heist is going on. Jobs can be talking about a voice demo, and the scene will have you on edge. The dialogue is witty, sharp, and passionate, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this gets a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.  

This picture is one that displays incredible performances from essentially everyone in it. Fassbender gives some of his best work, as the torn perfectionist. He comes off so intimidating and assertive, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him at some points of the film. That is because Fassbender’s physical performance clearly illustrates the truly conflicted genius. Though the actors are lead by Fassbender, each actor is able to deliver memorable moments and powerful scene. Seth Rogen and Michael Stuhlbarg are strong as they figuratively go toe-to-toe with Jobs, Kate Winslet is marvelous and acts as the glue keeping it all together, but it is Jeff Daniels who delivers another knockout performance. From The Martian and The Newsroom, every time Daniels is on a screen, he can to captivate me.

My only issue with the film is just how memorable or unmemorable it may be. Now, I know I just went on a tirade of reasons why Steve Jobs is one of the better films of the year, but I couldn’t help but notice that I wasn’t jumping into conversations with people afterwards. Meaning, usually after a powerhouse film like this, you want to talk about it. You want to create a conversation; you think about days and days afterwards, which didn’t happen for me. I enjoyed this incredible work from Boyle and Sorkin. But, it didn’t seem to stick with me like Sicario did, or The Martian. Now, I could be wrong and could end up being a movie I think about all the time, but what I do know for sure is that Steve Jobs is a superb collaboration of some of the best working talent today.

3.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

Here is our review for the other movie that came out this week: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

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