Yes, there was another Steve Jobs movie recently, but memories of Ashton Kutcher’s well-intentioned rendition of the famously polarising tech wizard faded as quickly as that film failed to deliver what audiences had hoped for.
You see, we’ve all read the magazine profiles or heard the folklore, and legend has it Jobs was the antithesis of the charitable, even-tempered Bill Gates. But goodness doesn’t (necessarily) genius maketh, and Danny Boyle’s often excoriating fictionalisation of three of Jobs’ major product launches delights with its terrific performances, while Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, The Social Network) motor-mouthed script dishes a lot of dirt.
As Jobs, Michael Fassbender yet again morphs entirely credibly into his character despite looking all the while like Fassbender (not a criticism, more an awestruck observation), while Kate Winslet (nominated alongside Fassbender for the film’s only Oscars) is sensational as his right-hand woman, Joanna Hoffman. With an effortlessly strong supporting cast spitting Sorkin’s lines, Boyle still saw fit to ratchet up the orchestral soundtrack and in some scenes this feels unnecessarily bombastic, but there’s no denying he has a flair for making tech-talk exciting.
Narratively, the film takes a lot of liberties with the truth, and if one is to be disappointed at all, it’s that much of the gossip on screen didn’t actually happen. How this sits with Jobs’ family and colleagues one can only speculate, but for Joe iPhone User, it still feels like a fascinating, compelling exposé.