Since the death of Steve Jobs in 2011 there has been five films and/or documentaries about the inventor of the IMac. To many Jobs is one of the most inspirational people of our generation, someone whose unique vision has revolutionised the way we live and brought us into a golden age of technology. Each of these films has attempted to not only document his achievements, but to also get beneath that iconic turtle neck and find out what exactly made Steve Jobs tick.
The latest film, Steven Jobs is undoubtedly the highest profile film of all of these. Directed by Danny Boyle, written by Arron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender as the man himself Steve Jobs certainly has all the components to do the man justice. Sorkin, screenwriter of The Social Network and The West Wing decides to track Jobs over three of the biggest events in his life- the launch of the Macintosh in 1984, the launch of the NeXT computer in 1988 and finally the launch of the iMac in 1998.
Taking on the role of someone recently deceased is always going to prove difficult but Fassbender, arguably the best actor working in Hollywood today knocks it out the park. We see his Jobs, who is, for want of a better word- an arsehole, transform from a machine hell bent on achieving his dream into an inspiring visionary whose determination and cunning sees him rise to the top. Fassbender delivers his third incredible performance of the year (See Macbeth and Slow West) and one imagines this may be the one that finally sees him get the awards recognition he deserves. Steve Jobs though is far from an exercise in hagiography- Sorkin pulls no punches when it comes to exploring some of the skeletons in Jobs’ closet- especially concerning his daughter Lisa.
Sorkin, famed for his razor sharp dialogue proves to be on form here once again. Exchanges between Jobs and those around him pre-launch become gripping action pieces, one in particular with Jobs and John Scully (Jeff Daniels) before the launch of the NeXT computer is particularly tense. The supporting cast all support Fassbender wonderfully in these scenes as well, with Kate Winslett’s uncertain accent proving the only blip in an otherwise flawless performance as Jobs’ marketing assistant.
Steve Jobs is the biopic that the man really deserves. Fassbender is awards worthy as is Arron Sorkin’s sublime script. iLovedit.