By: Muneeb Arshid
Steve Jobs (the movie), not the person (or is it?) is the new biopic directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Michael Fassbender as the titular Apple Mogul, Steve Jobs. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels are also a part of the cast as Joanna Hoffman, Steve Wozniak and John Sculley respectively. It follows the life of Steve Jobs around three major product launches in 1984, 1988 and 1998.
If anyone was wanting a movie about the Apple company, then you’ll be quite disappointed, but then again you would also be the one at fault for watching a movie called Steve Jobs and wanting more Apple. The first thing that you realize is the writing of the film and how inherently “Aaron Sorkin” it is. You may have become desensitized to the very “talky” way that Aaron Sorkin writes because of The Newsroom, but for those who haven’t watched the TV show, the sharp dialogue would be very noticeable with loads of walk and talk in true Sorkin-esque fashion. This in combination with Danny Boyle’s sharp direction results in a movie that rattles along towards its 122 min run time.
The star of the film, however, is Michael Fassbender in this neurotic portrayal of Steve Jobs. This performance would come as a surprise, not because of Fassbender (who is undoubtedly a great actor), but for those who actually were not aware of Job’s personality of being a total ass to anyone he had an encounter with (which I did not know). This includes family, close workers and even friends. The story is revolving around Job’s denial of him fathering a daughter and ultimately shows how that relationship is resolved over a 14 year period.
The other supporting performances are absolutely great. Kate Winslet ever so good in another dramatic role who really is the only character that is able to sort of reign in Jobs. Seth Rogen was the surprise as Woz who was able to break out of his comedic shell and really held his own in his dramatic role. Jeff Daniels is once again in full Will McAvoy form from The Newsroom and that has everything to do with being around another Aaron Sorkin script and having three years of practice on how to deliver Sorkin’s lines.
This film is all about the performance of Michael Fassbender, who is sure to get a Best Actor nomination from the Academy, but it has a lot to do with the direction and the script of the movie. The plot does become repetitive within the three-time points where you can sort of guess how each specific third of the movie will move along. However, the relationships between the characters and the dialogue (mostly due to Sorkin) are great, but it is a mish-mash of three points put together and doesn’t really become rounded by the end.
Steve Jobs gets a grade of B+