Based on portions of the official biography written by Walter Isaacson, “Steve Jobs” plays out in three acts, with scenes taking place minutes before three of his most iconic keynotes, the Mac, the NeXT, and the iMac.
It is not the type of movie that contains dazzling action sequences or cinematography, not even notable dramatic climaxes or plot twists. It is a study into the psyche of Jobs, who has been labeled many things, including ‘genius’ and ‘megalomaniac,’ and the actions that spoke to who he was as a person at three pivotal points of his career.
The film portrays Jobs as a visionary, perhaps even too much so, as he correctly gauged what consumers wanted, but he was 20 years too early; his closed, end-to-end style computers were perfect for the everyday person, who wants products they can just pick up and use without much configuration (similar sentiment will follow with his handheld devices), but in the 80s, the computer was too new a thing for the average joe. Ultimately, he would live to see the success of his products before his passing.
Fassbender gives an incredible performance as Jobs, someone who appears amoral but internally conflicted at the same time. The supporting cast was nothing short of fantastic, with Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels giving memorable performances that further elevate Fassbender’s.
The film does fall flat at some points and might not be very relatable as it centered around products that people below the age of 30 might never have used. But it is worth a watch, just for Fassbender’s brilliant portrayal of Jobs.
Oscar Talk: Although Leo gave it his all in “The Revenant”, he just might come up short, yet again, because of Fassbender’s performance as Jobs.