Steve Jobs is an extremely well written film – as you would expect of Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Social Network, etc). The dramatic intensity never lets up, and there’s a proper beginning, middle and end. It runs over two hours, but you really don’t notice – and want it to carry on. In fact, it’s masterfully done, organised around three acts and a set of themes and motifs that shift their relative importance with each act (the Walkman, the need to start product launches on time, the importance of image, being an adopted child, the position of friends, etc).
Michael Fassbender plays the eponymous Mr Jobs and does a fine job – mixing wide-eyed genius with cynical businessperson. It’s a delicate balance that would elude many an actor. Kate Winslett (as the long-suffering assistant to Jobs) is just as mesmerising and easily matches Fassbender. Finally, Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak magnificently, representing the hippy, open-system approach/philosophy to computing that was so at odds with Jobs’s closed system obsession.
So, this is a movie for geeks, people fascinated by the nature of genius, business-minded people and people who love a well-told human drama. Trust me: there aren’t gonna be many better films this year (and I say that with Star Wars in the offing!). It’s an 8.5 out of 10 from me.