It’s easy to recognise the similarities with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and David Fincher’s The Social Network. This is mainly down to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin who worked on both projects. In 2010, he gave us an insight into the hectic, arrogant genius that was Mark Zuckerberg. With Jobs, he almost had the exact same character to work with, and so the fast paced, constantly on the move portrayal of the man is just one reason why the movie leaves you breathless.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were both talked about to play the legendary Apple designer, but ultimately it was Michael Fassbender who would take the role. The movie focuses on Jobs’ meltdowns prior to three separate product launches – the Apple Mac in 1984, the NeXT Computer in 1988 and his iMac in 1998. Each crisis is based mainly around issues either with his daughter, Lisa, and her mother Chrisann (Katherine Waterston), with his board, headed by John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), or with former Apple partner and super-nerd Steve Wozniack (Seth Rogan). All the while he is however supported, rather adamantly, by marketing executive, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet)
Throughout each act we discover a clear understanding of the ruthless nature of Jobs and how that is fuelled by his absolute passion for “putting a dent in the universe.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Fassbender’s name mentioned during awards season for his performance as the difficult genius. In 2013’s Jobs, Ashton Kutcher’s eerie resemblance to the great man was about as far as the similarities went. Instead, Fassbender delivers a commanding and fierce performance of the no-nonsense man during three defining moments in his career and therefore some of the most stressful.
He is a man who does not switch off, and that is accurately reflected throughout the film with its walk-and-talk, fast paced mentality, backed up by Daniel Pemberton’s techy soundtrack of a similar nature.
Steve Jobs was brutal but brilliant and Boyle’s depiction of one of the most impressive creators of all time offers a spectacular insight through the medium a well put-together movie, worthy of the Jobs’ magnificence.