Steve Jobs

Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Cary, NC — Steve Jobs comes from director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) and tells the story of, you guessed it, Steve Jobs.

Exciting & Fascinating

Instead of going the standard biography route and following Jobs throughout his life (or even just picking one period in his life), the film structures itself like a three-act play.

Each act seemingly takes place in real-time moments before Jobs gave three of the most important product demonstrations of his career. Thanks to Boyle’s assured direction, Sorkin’s blistering screenplay and all the amazing performances involved, Jobs is an exciting and fascinating look at being a genius and the price it sometimes carries.

Fassbender is Amazing in Title Role

Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) plays Jobs, and he’s great. His Jobs is an unflinching perfectionist, pushing and threatening anyone who doesn’t do what he wants, including his alleged child and her mother. It’s quite a brutal performance, though most of the brutality comes from words, and Fassbender walks a fine line from being utterly despicable yet completely human. It’s really great work.

He is supported by some true heavy hitters like Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels, both of whom provide outstanding performances as a few of the many people surrounding Jobs trying their hardest to protect him, usually from himself.

Rogen Proves Comedy Isn’t Only Talent

But special credit must go to Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Neighbors) as Steve Wozniak, the man who co-created Apple with Jobs. Rogen uses his teddy bear quality to great effect, usually to get Jobs’ shield down before asking for a favor. The scenes between Rogen and Fassbender are some of the most intense in the entire film, as these two friends constantly tear each other down.

Like Rogen’s famous friend Jonah Hill (who has been nominated for two Academy Awards, by the way), Jobs shows just how effective Rogen can be in a dramatic role. I am a huge fan of his comedy, but I really hope directors take note of his work here.

Sorkin Attracts Great Performers

The real star of Steve Jobs though, is the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin has a way with words that is just electrifying. Remember that showdown between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men? That’s all Sorkin, and that’s how long he has been around, going back and forth between TV and film and never once disappointing.

His work also attracts the best performers, desperate for a chance to play with his words. When people like Fassbender, Winslet, Daniels and Rogen act out his stories, they are instantly that much better. Sorkin has already won an Oscar for his work on The Social Network, but don’t be surprised if he picks up another one thanks to Steve Jobs.

Fascinating Portrait Well Worth Seeing

I really don’t have any idea on how accurate this movie is, but I’m not really concerned about it either. It’s not a documentary but, instead, a exciting and fascinating look at a brilliant man. Steve Jobs is definitely worth seeing. I’m pretty sure I’ve already said this this month, but this is a really great time to go the movies, guys. And the year isn’t even over.


Jordan Hunt covers movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews. Photos from Facebook.