“The musicians play the instruments, I play the orchestra”.
From director Danny Boyle (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) brings together his latest film that explores the life of co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. The film ‘Steve Jobs’ stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
‘Steve Jobs’ takes an interesting and inventive way of exploring its storytelling through three different launch events of three different products that Steve Jobs was involved in. The three devices were the Macintosh, the NeXT computer and the iMac. The story that surrounds these launch events is through Steve trying to get everything running perfectly for the launch, however he must face his ex-girlfriend and the realization of his daughter.
Telling the story through these three different launch events is brilliantly creative, and while I praise this fabulous idea, it does mean sometimes the characters are overlooked and slightly underdeveloped, and making comparisons from a film that explored his life and career more thoroughly in the 2013 film ‘Jobs’ tricky because of the different plot devices they go with in this film, even though some beats are fairly similar, but done in a different way so the film still came out as original.
The acting performances are really solid, and while I did liked Michael Fassbender’s performance, I couldn’t see him as Steve Jobs, and still prefer Ashton Kutcher’s presence in ‘Jobs’. Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen provide great performances as their respective characters, with Winslet stealing the show.
While this film is marginally better than ‘Jobs’ (which I found to be enjoyable), ‘Steve Jobs’ is well written, with fantastic direction and cinematography, and some solid acting performances. The only downfalls is the film’s pacing at times being a tad slow and some supporting characters that get bigger roles as the film progresses are slightly underdeveloped, although this is a film well worth checking out.