|Fassbender gives one of his greatest performances to date.|
Directed by Danny Boyle
Produced by Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Scott RudinWritten by Aaron Sorkin (book by Walter Isaacson)
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg
After a failed 2013 release starring Ashton Kutcher, Steve Jobs is the subject of another film, which examines three periods of his life. In 1984, Jobs (Fassbender) struggles to make the Apple Macintosh launch a success, while dealing with his ex-girlfriend (Waterston) and young daughter simultaneously. Jobs then tries to launch the NeXT Computer in 1988, having been ousted at Apple. Despite a lot of chaos, Jobs returns to Apple and launches the iMac in 1998; and he even reconciles with his daughter, after a rocky relationship over the years. It might be a segmented structure, but Jobs is fascinating in all three acts.
Danny Boyle’s new film is a high-energy character piece, driven by fierce performances, biting dialogue (as only Aaron Sorkin could write), fast cuts, and a pulsating soundtrack. As advertised, Michael Fassbender disappears into the role. For all the talk about the lack of resemblance to the real man, Fassbender simply is Jobs from the first scene. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet shines as Jobs’ assistant/confidant, and the performances from Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston round out a fine cast. While the actors are given a wealth of great lines, Boyle’s direction is a huge reason the film works. It’s a lean piece that hits the ground running, and for two hours the viewer gets to try to keep up. Really, this is great filmmaking, punctuated by a crackerjack screenplay and an outstanding lead performance. Biopics can be so stale, but Steve Jobs throws the formula out the window, producing one of the year’s best films.
Oscar Potential: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Winslet), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score