Steve Jobs

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Danny Boyle directs the true life film about the victories and failures of one of today’s most successful entrepreneurs in the biopic, Steve Jobs.  The first chapter begins in 1984 when Apple co-founders, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve Wozniac (Seth Rogen), are about to release the new Macintosh computer.  The second chapter takes place in 1988 when Apple CEO, John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) fires Steve Jobs. Most people would have had a meltdown, but Jobs creates a new company named Next and he unveils his new Cube computer.  In the third chapter, it’s 1998 and Jobs is back at Apple. With the help of his marketing executive, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), Jobs brings Apple back from the brink of bankruptcy with the release of the revolutionary computer iMac.  During these up and down times in Jobs’ life we witness how rude and arrogant Jobs can be and the many confrontations he has with his staff.  The most disturbing part of this film is how Jobs refused to  acknowledge his daughter, Lisa, when she is young, but later as an adult, Lisa and Jobs do manage to develop a relationship. This is basically a dialogue driven film and Michael Fassbender and the supporting cast are fantastic.  The verbal sparring between them is fast paced and during those arguments the music intensifies the scenes even more.  Unfortunately the story is bogged down with so many details (many of which we don’t understand) and during the third chapter, I was listening to my watch waiting for the end.  (Okay, the people around me probably didn’t like that but at least they could hear the count down to the end with me.)  It’s not that the movie is too long – many of the arguments were repetitive which made me question, “Didn’t I hear this same dispute in 1988 and 1984?” I’m giving this interesting drama a B- rating.

 

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA