Review: Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), innovator extraordinaire was kind of an asshole. Maybe more so than "kind of." This film follows him at three points in his life. 1984, 1988, and 1998, all while at launches of his currents products. We see his various relationships with colleague, Jonanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) former Apple colleagues, Steve Wozniak, (Seth Rogan) Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg) and John Sculley. (Jeff Daniels) and his estranged relationship with hsi ex, Chrisann (Katherine Waterston) and the daughter that Steve likes to pretend isn't his when it clearly is.
This film hit plenty of bumps on the way. While it was always written by Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher was supposed to direct with Christian Bale starring, then it changed to Danny Boyle directing and Michael Fassbender starring. All good choices. The film is exceptionally well made. I liked how it was split into three timelines with news footage bridging one scene to the next. What was a bit strange about it was in the 122 minute run time, about only 30 minutes of that felt like a Danny Boyle film. The way a few things, mostly in the 1988 part of the film stood out as Boyle shots, the rest felt like an Aaron Sorkin film He's a writer that can very easily over shadow a director, and that's what happened here.
Michael Fassbender was wonderful as Steve Jobs. I couldn't picture anyone else playing him, he nails Jobs' voice. The other big stand out for me was Michael Stuhlbarg, who is so underrated. The cast works well as a whole, even though I wish we would've gotten to see a bit more of Rogen as Wozniak, because I just love that guy. Jeff Daniels, unfortunately kept reminding me about how pissed I am at Sorkin's ego sinking The Newsroom. Kate Winslet only brought her B game, but let's be honest her B game is still good.
Steve Jobs is still a wonderfully written biopic on a very complicated man. There's always going to be a bit of drama surrounding how he's portrayed in this film - essentially a dead beat dad - but it also helps account for some of the most tender scenes in the film as a whole.
Memorable Quote: "Fuck you." - Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender)