The story of famed Apple founder Steve Jobs has already been brought to the big screen with 2013s Jobs, but sadly received mostly negative reviews despite actually being a good movie. The latest aptly titled Steve Jobs comes from director Danny Boyle and features a great cast including Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels but does it offer up a story worthy of this iconic man or will it fail to compute with the audience?
Steve Jobs follows behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Going into this movie you kind of expect something similar to the other film about his life, but what you get is completely different. While probably not intentional this film kind of fills in the later gaps that are not addressed as much and lets you see a different side of the history. The film is filled with great performances across the board with Fassbender doing a great job despite not really looking to mimic much of Jobs himself. Instead he takes a more subtle approach with his performance that still invokes the genius yet odd behavior of Jobs. Despite the film featuring some great performances it offers little else to tell the man’s story other than spending nearly all the movie to see how bad of a father he was. When watching a film about someone like Steve Jobs you want so much more and this film plays out as a series of product launches that were important to his history, but you learn nothing beyond that. Even the quick flashes of his past just promise so much more story without ever giving it to you. This cast is amazing and were all perfect with Fassbender really standing out and Rogen in a smaller more subdued role than fans are used to, but really still bringing a lot to the character.
This was a creatively interesting direction to try and tell the story and if you had seen the other film then it works well as a companion piece, but for those looking to hopefully get to learn something about this icon in the computer industry will likely be highly disappointed as you will learn almost nothing from this film. In addition to the film this release includes commentaries and a making of featurette taking your further behind the making of the film. Decide for yourself and check out Steve Jobs available now from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.