Grosse Point Geek returns once again to cast his critical eye over a new release – This time: Steve Jobs.
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels.
Steve Jobs – founder of Apple, billionaire, genius………and from the evidence seen here – a rather unpleasant sort of chap to boot.
In Danny Boyle’s superb film we meet Jobs (Michael Fassbender) in a series of flashbacks and flash forwards mostly taking place backstage at various yearly launch junkets of the latest Apple technology – all spearheaded by Jobs himself, and attended by thousands of his adoring computer geek acolytes.
As mentioned,Jobs is, to say the least, a bit of a git – we see him reject his biological daughter and refuse to pay any maintenance for her – all this despite a biological test proving otherwise, then flatly turning down his friends repeated pleas to acknowledge those who helped him get where he is and exasperating his personal assistant (Winslet) and various members of his technical staff by making impossible demands for perfection in the presentation of whatever new computer he is about to launch on to the world.
In short, there really is nothing i can criticize about this film – Fassbender in the title role once again proves he is fast becoming the greatest actor of his generation, his brilliant and utterly captivating performance is simply faultless in its execution – (which it needed to be as he is in just about every single scene), so good is he that one simply accepts that Fassbender IS Steve Jobs and to be honest i dont think any other actor could have pulled this role off as well as he does. Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, his long suffering assistant is superb as ever, there are also excellent turns from Seth Rogen as Job’s best friend Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as Apple CEO John Sculley. In addition, Danny Boyle’s direction is as sure footed as ever with a razor sharp script from Aaron Sorkin that is just a wonder to hear when spoken by the main actors.
As you may have heard, despite overwhelming critical adoration, the film has been a massive box office disappointment, with cinemas recently pulling showings all over the US – which i feel is horribly short sighted and an incredible injustice, as it so deserves to be seen by a wider audience – perhaps it will have a better second life when it is released on dvd. I certainly urge anyone reading this review to get yourself to the nearest multiplex and see it asap.
So in summary – a brilliant film – made more so by the incredible acting talent that is Michael Fassbender – just incredible.
Author: Will Strong