STEVE JOBS is a dramatic biopic looking
at the life of Steve
Jobs minutes leading up to three of his product launches: the Mac, the NEXT
black cube computer, and the iMAC. It
takes plenty of dramatic license with the life of Steve Jobs with telling
things about his life even though the events shown in them didn’t happen around
the time shown in the film (except the problem getting the Mac to say
Hello). Michael Fassbender delivers
another brilliant hypnotic performance as his Steve Jobs is an asshole
perfectionist that people love to like or dislike depending on the person. He
has problems owning up to the fact he
fathered a daughter (Lisa) with Chrisann Brennan while clashing with the
engineers and programmers at Apple.
STEVE JOBS portrays three moments in 1984, 1988, and 1998 while having
flashbacks to other moments in his life (like being fired from Apple and
helping come up with the first Apple computer in a garage. Kate Winslet is very
marketing executive Joanna Hoffman who stuck with Steve during the various
moments in his work life. Jeff Daniels
is great as John Sculley, the first CEO of Apple, while Seth Rogan has the
thankless role as Steve Wozniak who just seems to complain about the same
things to Jobs as Steve Jobs refuses to acknowledge the Apple II team.
Danny Boyle effortlessly directs an interesting
portrait of tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender selling the
hell out of his performance (he is so good he would probably give a great
reading of the phone book and make it immensely watchable). Aaron Sorkin’s
script and dialogue crackles
especially with Fasbender saying the words.
It is one of my favorite Danny Boyle films by far.
INSIDE JOBS: THE MAKING OF STEVE JOBS-
it is a three part
making-of documentary with cast and crew interviews as they talk about the
cast, characters, breaking to rehearse for one week between each of the third
acts, using the real locations where these product launches happened, and the
approach to using different formats for each act (16 mm for 1984, 35 mm for
1988, and the digital Alexa for 1998) and how Daniel Pemberton approached the
score for each act.
There are two audio commentaries: one with director
Boyle (where he talks about the story, Steve Jobs, and the production) and the
other with editor Elliot Graham and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The Sorkin and
Graham commentary track is the
much more interesting of the two commentaries as it is about the crafting of
the story through the script and editing.
They mention 30 to 40 minutes cut out of the movie including a few
deleted and extended scenes (which I would have loved to see Universal include
on the blu-ray, but they sadly didn’t include any of them with only a glimpse
of one deleted sequence during the making-of documentary where the Mac talks).
The movie is presented in standard definition
in 5.1 Dolby Digital and there is a code to download and stream a digital HD
Ultraviolet copy of the film.
FINAL ANALYSIS: STEVE JOBS works due to the writing
fantastic performance by Michael Fassbender as the title character. I hope a
future blu-ray edition includes
deleted and extended scenes sadly lacking from this release.
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