Steve Jobs' death in 2011 has already sparked two major motion pictures on the Apple CEO and whilst the former starring Ashton Kutcher was not well received, Danny Boyle's take on the revolutionary entrepreneur has been met with acclaim, gaining Academy Award nominations for its two leads.
Telling the story through three acts, the narrative revolves around the moments before Jobs' (Michael Fassbender) product launches and his often heated interactions between his aide Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), ex boss John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), wife (Katherine Waterston), colleagues and daughter.
Despite the lack of plot, the film was engaging and held your attention, thanks to Fassbender's performance. Whilst I would've liked to have seen more, the focused approach worked in showing many sides to Jobs' character, becoming much more about the person than the products or the history of the company.
The structure also performed a shifting relationship dynamic, showcasing his redemptive relationship with his daughter through three different stages, the vengeful rivalry between him and Sculley as well as the tension with Joanna.
As the movie draws to a close, it feels just like the beginning of the conversation and definitely intrigues you as to the rest of Steve Jobs' life and in particular who this character really was.
Michael Fassbender- Steve Jobs
Kate Winslet- Joanna Hoffman
Seth Rogen- Steve Wozniak
Jeff Daniels- John Sculley
Also stars Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' was a focused look at a particular aspect of Jobs' life that worked well as a character and relationship piece, strongly led by Fassbender and Winslet. Though I wanted more plot, it was successful in being a dynamic conversation that had a theatre-like quality and kept you intrigued till the end.