Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is an interesting film because it’s a movie that gives you a glimpse into the man Steve Jobs, before each technological launch in 1984, 1988, and 1998 respectfully. The film is expertly shot, and film fans will love how it was put together because each time period was shot in a different way. The 1984 scene was shot on 16mm while the 1988 scene was shot on 35mm, until the last scene was shot with digital, and like the advancing technology of each period, the film also advances in technology which I found to be really cool and exciting.

What I also found really interesting about this film is the fact that it reminded me so much of His Girl Friday. A lot of the dialogue was coming in quick and hot, and you really had to pay attention because the whole film is primarily people talking, but they do it in such a way that you’re on the edge of your seat as you see this fascinating story play out. A central plot point in the film is Steve’s relationship with his ‘supposed’ daughter. At the beginning of the film he just outright says she’s not his, and he’s throwing basically a tantrum on how it couldn’t possibly be his daughter, but over the course of the film you see him evolve and grow softer, at least toward his daughter Lisa, as she’s introduced into his life more and more.

The acting is out of this world, and with Michael Fassbender (Magneto, David) as Steve Jobs it’s no surprise. He embodied the role so well that as a person who doesn’t really know much about Steve Jobs, which I think I may be in the vastly small minority, I believed that he was a real person who had numerous layers being peeled back as the story went on. To my surprise Seth Rogen turns into a fantastic performance, and really shines whenever he confronts Steve and reminds him that he’s mortal. And Jeff Daniels, just wow. I really only knew him from Dumb and Dumber, but this year I saw him in a good role in The Martian, but he felt so powerful in this film that I was left speechless. Even the side characters were really well done, and above all else it really looked like the actors put all their work into this.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to film or television for that matter is aging makeup. They can be atrocious, and sometimes non-existent, which confuses me, but I really noticed it in this film and thought it was spectacular. There was a noticeable change to Steve through the years, and the best part about it was the fact that it looked so natural. Usually make-up is something I never think about when watching a film, but I really do hope it at least gets recognized in this, because after watching seasons of Face Off I know how hard aging makeup can be.

I just love so much of this film from the acting to the production, and even to minor details like sets, but I’m not sure if I actually have anything bad to say about it. I wish there was more, for a two-hour film it felt like I just sat down and watched a television episode and then poof it was over. That and the fact that each scene ended just as he began the launches, which I felt was kind of like a cheat since everything that frustrated and nagged at Jobs before he went on stage psyched me up so much that I just wanted to see the man cool down as he shows off his work, but alas it goes to the next scene which builds tension so well through the dialogue that I soon forgot about that and was psyching myself up even more.

Speaking of the dialogue, man was it delicious. Every sentence felt so perfect, and the deliveries of them shocked me at how real and intense they were. Each line built upon the last to create tension, and like His Girl Friday it was the dialogue that makes the film. You’re there sitting in the theater to listen to these men talk, argue, reminisce, and all sorts of things that makes you hang off each world like a puppy waiting for a treat. But, this also means that you have to pay very close attention to the film, because if you zone out or miss a chunk of dialogue, you will certainly lose a bit of character development, or character history, because each sentence has meaning to the film which at times you either have to infer or it helps you remember what happened in the real situation if you heard about it on the news at home or something like that. This film is so dialogue intensive that you have to give your full attention to it.

Now, like I said this film technically has three scenes, but man does it not feel that way. I was instantly transported into their world, and I was listening intently to every word that was spoken. In all honesty, this film was so good that I wouldn’t mind watching a nine-hour version of this going over Steve Jobs full life than a few key moments, but what they did show blew me away so much that I would love to just rewatch this over and over. The acting was stellar, the script was oozing with greatness, and the way the whole film was shot is spectacular to any film fan, and I can say with certainty that this was one of my favorite films of this year.

Written By: Cody Enos

I'm a film enthusiast that has a passion for film that only grows more every year.

Comments: 2

  • Vlad Pavlov

    Reply October 25, 20159:35 am

    I put in my review that I don’t feel like Fassbender real tried to play Steve Jobs, he never tried to walk or talk like him and instead just went with whatever he usually does. Do you agree? I loved him in this but that really bothered me.

    • Cody Enos

      Reply November 8, 20153:50 pm

      Actually I have to disagree. Also, sorry for the late comment, had no idea that there was one. I have no knowledge in how Steve Jobs really talked/walked/held himself, but as a character I felt that Fassbender was deep into it, and after watching other films by him you can totally see that he really worked on perfecting this performance as a character, even if he wasn’t Steve Jobs. I can even argue that he’s different in all his movies so he doesn’t really have a “whatever he usually does,” but let’s say I have the same mindset as you for a moment. I’d probably say what he usually does is Magneto from the X-men films, or even Frank from Frank. Regardless, he definitely gave one of my favorite performances of the year, and this only makes me extra excited to see him as MacBeth in December!

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