The late Steve Jobs was a study in contrast. He was a visionary, a genius and the public face of Apple. He was also known to be hard-headed, stubborn, demanding and difficult to work with.
The new movie, Steve Jobs, is not the normal biopic. Director Danny Boyle and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Walter Isaacson (who wrote the book that is the source material for the film) focused on three key points in the life of their main character. Broken up into three acts, we meet Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) at three different, but equally important junctures in his life: 1984, 1988 & 1998.
Surrounding Steve is his right hand woman Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), former Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), technician Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg), his former girlfriend and mother of his daughter Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterson) and their daughter Lisa, played at three intervals in her then young life by three different young actresses.
This film is not the standard biopic and I am very glad that it is not. With the focus on the very different and dramatic time periods, the tension remains throughout the film. Jobs is a complicated characters. He is known for his genius, but also known for being difficult and temperamental.
This film is excellent and I foresee that it will do well come award season.
I absolutely recommend it.
Steve Jobs is presently in theaters.