Film Review: Steve Jobs

Danny Boyle’s film of the enigmatic entrepreneur is less a biopic, and more a dissection of a digital revolution, glimpsed through three key product launch events (ending with the iMac launch in 1998), and painting a rather frank portrait of the man conducting the process.

Far from hero worshipping, ‘Steve Jobs’ is a stark study of a conflicted genius and his self-aggrandisement, against the backdrop of both corporate and personal successes and failures. Jobs is a man with complex control and rejection issues springing from his adoption, and someone who was regularly frustrated in his efforts to relate to those around him, including his own daughter.

The film – much like the man – hurtles along, fed by the breathless pace of Aaron Sorkin’s script. While the uninitiated may be left cold by the importance placed on the technological developments and jargon, Fassbender plays Jobs with an intensity of conviction that is quite hypnotic, and serves to bring to life one of this century’s most important figures.


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