“Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicentre of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic products launches. Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.”
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This bio-pic is telling us the life of Steve Jobs [played by Michael Fassbender] and his relationships with the people close to him (his daughter Lisa, Joanna Hoffman [Kate Winslet], John Sculley [Jeff Daniels], Andy Hertzfeld [Michael Stuhlbarg], Steve Wozniak [Seth Rogen], and Chrisann Brennan [Katherine Waterston]) through only three specific events: the launch of the MacIntosh (in 1984), the launch of the Next (1988) and the launch of the iMac (1998).
It is an interesting movie, cleverly written and superbly acted. However, because it is compressing all the story into those three events, it ends up overly dramatized. Also, if it expresses well the spirit and mentality of Jobs (without caring whether Fassbender looks like him or not), it is doubtful that the plots elements of the movie really happened the way it is depicted. At first, I was annoyed by this but, after all, it is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography and received the blessing of Wozniak, so it most have some sort of accuracy. I think it explains well the genesis of Apple and its very innovative products. If it barely broke-even at the box-office, it was very well received by the critics (with ratings of 7.2 on IMDb, 86% / 73% on Rotten Tomatoes and 82% on Metacritic). All in all, I think it is an interesting, well-made and entertaining movie. It’s worth seeing.
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