What Steve Jobs does best is selling the vision of Steve Jobs. A carnivorous, heartless ego has never looked more appealing or lonely.
Fassbender is supreme, bristling with authority and an unquenchable work ethic. He struggles more with Jobs’ softer side, but perhaps that’s simply a reflection on the man himself.
The supporting turns from Winslet, Waterston, Daniels and Rogen are more than a match for Fassbender, but their repeated presence is one of the film’s biggest flaws. Although Sorkin’s script is full to bursting with juicy dialogue, the repetitive structure covering three Jobs speeches feels more one-note than keynote.
Boyle’s brilliant direction is the most restrained it’s been for years, but sadly the film retreads too much ground. Steve Jobs is an incredible half-hour short, reshot three times.
CAST: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle
WRITERS: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Walter Isaacson (book)
SYNOPSIS: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicentre.