Danny Boyle brings us a cerebral look with Steve Jobs through three computer releases, two from Apple and one from NeXT. It differs from Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher which was more of a biographical film.
I think Aaron Sorkin is a political hack, but he is a good writer and this script proved it. Normally, I need my films to have a little bit of action, but the screenplay and Boyle’s amazing directing skills kept my attention the whole time.
In 1984, the Apple Macintosh’s voice demo is failing just before the launch. As Steve Jobs and his marketing executive Joanna Hoffman try to solve the crisis, Jobs is confronted by his former girlfriend and his daughter, whom he denies is his. Though he is adamant that she is not is daughter, he later agrees to buy them a house. Meanwhile, he rants about how he was suppose to be Times’ Man of the Year, but a drawing of a man over a PC graces the cover.
This is followed by the 1988 launch of NeXT computer. Here he is confronted by John Scully who says Jobs is fueling the rumor that he fired Steve when it was the board. Wozniak also confronts Jobs, accusing him of being an egotist which Jobs dismisses. Meanwhile, he accuses his former girlfriend of being negligent in her duties as a mother to Lisa.
In 1998, John Scully has been fired from Apple and now the launch of the iMac is under way. Wozniak demands Jobs acknowledge the Apple II team, but Jobs refuses, saying the Apple II is what almost caused the collapse of Apple.
Each segment also has various flashbacks to different points in Steve Jobs’ personal history. A couple of them were random, but others were well placed and told an interesting history of Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen stole the show as Steve Jobs, Joanna Hoffman, John Scully, and Steve Wozniak respectively. Their acting was superb and their performances powerful. I am surprised that this movie did not win more awards at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
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FAVORITE QUOTE: I play the orchestra.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong language
- Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
- Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, marketing executive for Apple and NeXT
- Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and creator of the Apple II.
- Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.
- Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ former girlfriend and Lisa’s mother.
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Mac team.
- Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, and Perla Haney-Jardine as Lisa Brennan-Jobs (at different ages), the daughter of Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan.
- Sarah Snook as Andrea “Andy” Cunningham, Apple Manager
- Adam Shapiro as Avie Tevanian, software engineer for NeXT and later Apple.
- John Ortiz as Joel Pforzheimer, a journalist for GQ who interviews Jobs throughout the film.
- Stan Roth as George Coates, theatre director for NeXT Computer launch.