Led by a strong cast and fresh new take on Jobs by Fassbender & Boyle, this Jobs biopic, though heavy on personal dramatics, adds more characterization & intriguing lens into the life of the apple icon. 7.5/10.
With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Great opening sequence prophetic of the future of personal computers, strong acting especially by Fassbender as the cocky yet passionate and brutal Jobs (highlight of the movie before and easily the best incarnation in Jobs’ autobiographies), Kate Winslet as the stern and managing Joanna, Jeff Daniels as the warring Scully, and Seth Rogan as the bitter and belittled Wozniak, phenomenal character dynamics and interactions especially Jobs/Joanna with an indescribable chemistry and interplay that’s a joy to watch and Jobs/Wozniak, respect the idea of focusing in like a lens on a specific crucial moment in Jobs’ journey after the famous Super Bowl ad and before the public launching of the IPO, old school feel and lens work makes it feel authentic to the time, good soundtrack of emotive synth harmonics all the way to staccato string hits, strong stylish direction by Danny Boyle – one of the most varied and evolving filmmakers in the game, intricate scripting and execution in the second and third acts especially, spectacular ending and final shots as well as cinematography throughout the film
Cons: Focuses too much on Jobs’ personal and relationship drama instead of the mac and Apple – especially the mother/daughter drama I didn’t go to a Steve Jobs movie to hear, Brennan also unbearably annoying as the whiny gold digger after Steve,
Overall Rating: 7.5/10