The biopic of the billionaire industrialist and co-founder of Apple, is ‘Steve Jobs’ a success or does it just crash?
The film is not a linear story of Jobs’ (played by Michael Fassbender) life, nor is it a completely accurate and truthful representation of it. ‘Steve Jobs’ is split into three acts, each being set in the last hour or so before one of Jobs’ product launches – the 1984 launch of the Macintosh, the 1988 launch of the NeXT Cube and the 1988 launch of the iMac. The movie follows Jobs as he interacts with the people around him, namely his head of marketing and friend Johanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), the man who helped him build Apple Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) and his daughter Lisa Brennan (portrayed by Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo and Perla Harley-Jardine). It’s these people and a few others who Jobs discusses with before the launches of each product and make up the story of the film
I must say – I really enjoyed this film. The basic premise of the film makes it sound boring – a group of five or six people, each individually talking to this one man while walking about. However – like the film ‘Eye In The Sky’ which had a boring premise yet I really enjoyed (my full review of that film can be viewed here) – I couldn’t help but liking this film. Its riveting and far from slow. Most of the film is people walking and pacing and talking and arguing and there’s hardly any breaks. Its non-stop right from the get-go and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
The film does more than just tell Jobs’ life, as well. In the media, the real Steve Jobs was often portrayed as cold and inhumane, and this film decides to explore the more human parts of the character. We see as the film progresses, from launch to launch, how he grows warmer and warmer and more friendly. This is best shown in his relationship with his daughter, Lisa, who he at first denies to be his own but by the end of the film he’s embraced her affection for him and taken her as his own.
Now, this film isn’t perfect. As has been mentioned before, it’s not completely accurate. It has been noted before by many that ‘Steve Jobs’ isn’t a complete representation of his life or indeed the three launches – it is highly unlikely that the same six or so people would be at every launch for him to talk to. But, I felt that wasn’t the point of this film. It wasn’t supposed to be an accurate telling of his life, more an expression. The three launches simplify his entire life into three segments about how he felt towards his daughter, his co-workers and his friends.
To conclude, I really enjoyed this film. It’s not fun, it’s not action-packed, but it is gripping. However, I understand some people may not like the fact that it’s not completely true and not a linear story of his life, meaning I’ll have to give ‘Steve Jobs’ nine-out-of-ten.
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