ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review: Steve Jobs

Updated on February 27, 2016

While it is strange to have a film focus on the same man come out into theaters within such a short period of each other, this film differs from the former by focusing more on the man in question rather then his actions. Both films were successful at certain things, but both more then anything had it's shortcomings. Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin are in a class of their own in terms of what they do to tell a story and their combined efforts alongside the terrific acting ability of Michael Fassbender creates a tremendous trio to tell the story of Steve Jobs. Instead of a story of a man, an innovator, it has instead become a father and daughter story at it's core. It has it's share of pitfalls but manages to keep you invested due to that very trio.

The plot follows Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) as he is working to be the innovator that we know him to be but continues to have his own struggles due to his attitude in the workplace pushing people away from others alongside with his insistence on changing. His ex girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston) comes to him in the back room before a show introducing his daughter Lisa to him who Jobs continues to deny his parentage to her. Eventually he warms up to the idea as he sees her playing with a computer that he had created and the film goes through different times in his life as he leaves Apple in his attempt to revolutionize the computer world.

3 stars out of 5
3 stars out of 5

Closing Comments

The biggest strength of the movie is very easily to identify as the screen writer is Aaron Sorkin, the director is Danny Boyle and the main actor is Michael Fassbender. All three of them are at the top of the respectful fields and Sorkin in particular is Oscar gold. He has a tremendous way with words as he writes deeply engaging dialogue and fully realized characters in every film he pens. This film in particular relies on it's characters and the conversations that they have. The exposition and scenes in the hands of a lesser writer could have been a complete bore but under the careful hands of Aaron Sorkin he pulls it off beautifully. Danny Boyle on the other hand is a tremendous director as well and has a terrific eye for creating visually appealing scenes. One scene in particular is a two shot of Fassbender and Kate Winslet down a narrow hallway sticks out to me as Fassbender's character explains to her the visionary path he has is similar to astronauts. As this is laid out to Winslet's character, the wall behind her begins to change into a rocketship. It is a beautiful visual to help add to the story.

Michael Fassbender's perfomance as Steve Jobs is also extraordinary. He manages to be completely unlikable but yet you are glued to your television due to his charisma and screen presence. The whole movie hinges on his performance which clearly, he has succeeded as he has been awarded a nomination as Best Actor by the Academy Awards. While his character can be unlikable and rough around the edges the father-daughter relationship that he develops over the course of the film manages to ground him. Another aspect that works is his co-star in Kate Winslet. She is in many aspects the emotional compass for Fassbender's Jobs. Where Fassbender is calculating and a genius, Winslet is warm and affectionate but yet still also incredibly smart in her own right. The two work very well off of each other. However, despite the powerful performances and terrific work behind the camera there is something that manages to hold the film back. It could be as simple as the fact that it is over saturation as we have seen a film on him already as well as books and so on. The pace of the film is also off a bit as it has a tendency to skip ahead which leaves out some particularly big plot points. That choice in particular tends to make the film seem a bit messy. The drama between Fassbender and Seth Rogen's character in particular stands out like a sore thumb in the film as well. The two are supposed to be equal and yet Rogen comes off a bit dimwitted and dense in comparison. Overall, despite a few shortcomings the film still is engaging thanks in large part to the three big stars of the film.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)