Steve Jobs shows the complexity of a man who was responsible for much of the background of my childhood and high school days and I did not even know it. I still had a Macintosh when I was about 5 or 6 (Playing Wheel of Fortune or Oregon Trail), and then, in High School, with my Ipod made from the man who made my dad’s iMac. Now I have my Iphone 5s and Ipad by my side. (There are only hints of the Ipod towards the end of the film).
The film is very well made by its director Danny Boyle (most known as the Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire) and well written by the always amazing Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network, Moneyball, The West Wing, and more). It shows Jobs (Michael Fassbender, who is spellbinding) in three stages of his creative life: The Launch of the Macintosh in 1984 (after the popular Super Bowl Ad), the launch of Next in 1988, and the launch of the iMac in 1998. In this time we see Steve’s relationship with his daughter Lisa (each played well by Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, and Perla Haney-Jardine, respectivly).
There is also a surprising Seth Rogen as Jobs’ long time friend Steve Wozniak. Kate Winslet is his polish (though the accent fades at times), but the best scenes are when Jobs is with his buisness partner/friend John Sculley (an oscar worthy performance by Jeff Daniels). The scene with these two arguing is one of the best examples of film acting I have seen in some time.
The movie is not perfect: It seems to not know where it is going at first, but finds its legs as it goes along. Parents, this is another R rated movie that would be ok for any teenager, because the film is full of swearing and nothing else. High Schoolers and above would be ok. It would be encouraged, in fact, for teenagers to see a film about the man who is responsible for the phone they likely have in their hand.
Overall: 3 1/2 Stars ***1/2