Steve Jobs (2015)
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels
His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs
It seems like just yesterday that the movie, Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher hit the big screen, and we already have another movie about the creator of Apple.
The biggest difference, other than the fact that Steve jobs had a better stable of filmmakers is that Jobs was about the man who created Apple, and Steve Jobs was about... Steve Jobs.
It was more of a profile on Jobs than it was a biopic. What help sell this for me was the fact that the majority of the movie happens in three different Auditoriums at three different periods in Jobs life: the launch of the Mac, the launch of the Next black cube, and the Launch of the iMac. While jobs prepares to wow the world, he has conversations with important people in his life, like his astray daughter, Steve Wozniak(the man who actually built the machine), and Joanna Hoffman his secretary. It worked like a play, but did not feel like one, thanks to the flashbacks used to paint a full picture of what's going on.
Though it was directed by Danny Boyle, this feels so much like Aaron Sorkin, as it has a similar tone as The Social Network, not just in vague similarities between Jobs and Zuckerberg, but the telling of the stories as well. I feel like Sorkin did a better job of balancing the line of genius and jerk with the social Network than he did with Steve Jobs, because what I mostly saw here was jerk.
Does not help that Michael Fassbender played Jobs (Too many similarities between Jobs and Magneto). It was a great performance, I did see the genius of Steve Jobs, but I also so how he let being right, stop him from doing the right thing. Fassbender's interactions with other actors only did a service to them. My favorite was his conversations with Jeff Bridges, who played John Sculley, the CEO of Apple.
It was a different kind of movie about a man who thinks different, and I like how Steve Jobs seem to completely avoid the narrative story that drove Jobs and focus on the man. It's too bad this focus does not paint the genius in the most kindest light, so those of you who worship your iPhone may dislike like it like Christians dislike the Passion of the Christ, but for those who like straight up good acting, this is for you.