I had read the excellent biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, so I wasn’t especially interested in seeing this film. Over the weekend, however, I was at a conference in Tucson. The lectures were a drag, so I skipped a couple and saw this movie in my hotel room. Although the film had good reviews, it was much better than I expected. It is a MUST SEE!
The Director (Danny Boyle of “Slum Dog Millionaire”) gets fantastic performances from Kate Winslet (as Joanna Hoffman, Apple Director of Marketing and Jobs’ closest relationship) and Michael Fassbender (as Steve Jobs). Winslet has already won The Golden Globes’ Best Supporting Female Actor award, and she deserves it. Fassbender’s performance is my second favorite of the year, just slightly behind Leo and a notch ahead of Eddie Redmayne. There is also a fine ensemble cast, including Seth Rogan (as Steve Wozniak) and Jeff Daniels (as John Sculley).
The movie takes a close look at three days in Jobs’ life (with a few other flashbacks). 1: The launch of Mcintosh in 1984; 2: The launch of NeXT in 1988; and 3: The launch of the iMac in 1998 (after Jobs’ triumphant return to Apple). Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is first-rate, and I think it has a good chance to win the AW. The screenplay captures the essence of Jobs, a charismatic, obsessive genius who was the ultimate control freak, but a very flawed, narcissistic human being. The movie also explores Jobs’ highly turbulent relationships with his ex-girlfriend Chrisann (Katherine Waterston) and their daughter, Lisa (Ripley Sobo).
I think the film has already left the theaters, but, thanks to Jobs, you will soon be able to see it via iTunes on your IPAD!