I'm an admirer of Aaron Sorkin's work. His views on people and the world are clear in Steve Jobs, as are his clever ways of talk about relevant matters (in this case, about Jobs' life) in an unusual manner. That his intense dialogues have the objective views of Danny Boyle is a fit counterpart and a true respectful tribute to Jobs' work and life.
The focus here is clear. It is not a linear biography, but a way of talking about the man through some of his struggles and achievements. Three important product launches are the tread that link different moments of this genius (and humane and flawed and amazing) man. It didn't address many other facts of Jobs1s life, as his marriage and three older kids - by doing that, it allowed an expansive view of more essential aspects of this character, I think. Fassbender is solid as Jobs, with a equally solid partner in Kate Winslet. I was engrossed on this movie the whole time, forgetting about my surroundings in order to witness how a filmography can be well done by a clever narrative and cinematography.
I must say that Jobs gave me a good background to follow the story in here. The two films talk nicely with each other, I think. This one is clearly a superior production, but I don't despise the first attempt to tell Jobs' story on the movies.
The attempt to reveal the contradictions in this iconic man is obvious. However, the impression in me was the opposite, I reckon. Despite the sense by which agreements and yieldings are fundamental in partnerships, we see how uncompromising a genius can be - and they should, because they can achieve their views just by doing that, fighting for their views, making enemies, compromising their personnel lives, ultimately being the crazy genius they are known for. We should not expect them to act differently, and admire them just for their persistence and innovative ways. Sorkin and Boyle do that with Steve Jobs, admiring the genius while trying to understand the man and his struggles, errors and brilliance - as, I reckon, saved the differences, is Sorkin himself.
|Steve Jobs. Directed by Danny Boyle. With: Michael Fassbender, Kate|
Winslet, Seth Rogen. Writer: Aaron Sorkin from the book by Walter
Isaacson. USA/UK, 2015, 122 min., Dolby Digital/SDDS/Datasat, Color (Cinema).