Anticipation: 1/5 Three movies in three years about Steve Jobs… I don’t care anymore.
Final Verdict: 5/5 Holy Sh*#! Steve Jobs is cinema in its purest form.
First, Steve Jobs is not a biopic, but rather a character study of a man at three different crossroads in his career: the 1984 launch of the Mac, the 1988 launch of Next and lastly, the 1998 launch of the iMac. A lot of people have complained that Steve Jobs’ life contained more than three key moments, but that is a rather simplistic view of what director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have created. As a character study, Steve Jobs shows how unbridled commitment to ideals, creativity and vision are intrinsically linked to megalomania and unabashed vitriol. Contrary to the Alex Gibney documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Boyle and Sorkin never try to force an opinion onto the viewer.
Boyle directs both Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet in phenomenal turns as Steve Jobs and Joanna Hoffman, respectively. Screenwriter Sorkin’s ability to build tension with razor sharp and aggressively precise dialogue is nothing short of astounding. The script is so well written that in most scenes the audience at once empathizes with and dislikes Jobs. The hallway scene with John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) and Jobs (Fassbender) is visceral verbal sparring perfection.
I can’t emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the film. It is pure cinematic perfection. Steve Jobs is Danny Boyle’s masterpiece and another homerun for Aaron Sorkin. The must see film of 2015.
Steve Jobs trailer
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer
Here is Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics collection of essays entitled Academic Reflections on the Life and Career of Steve Jobs