Steve Jobs. 2015. USA. Directed by Danny Boyle. 122 min.
This powerful portrayal of Steve Jobs uses a three-part theatrical structure devised by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) in a screenplay loosely built on Walter Isaacson’s definitive biography of the Apple Computers magnate. The film unfolds around three major product launches between 1984 and 1998, in the early stages of Jobs’s career. Backstage prior to these wildly popular public events, Jobs—a riveting Michael Fassbender—is confronted by his closest corporate and personal partners, including longtime advisor Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogin), Apple CEO John Scully (Jeff Daniels), and Jobs’s daughter Lisa (Mackenzie Moss and Perla Haney-Jardine) about the choices he has made. The story begins with the launch of the first Macintosh, followed by Jobs’s announcement of the NeXT black box computer, and finally the launch of the Apple iMac. The dramatic editing and camerawork highlight the characters’ differing points and capture the complexities of originality, creativity, and trust. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.