I play the orchestra
Classic Elsternwick - Thursday 4 February 2016, 7:00pm
Running time: 122m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language and mature themes)
Release date: 04/02/16
Rating: 7/10 (3/5 ME, 4/5 DP)
Steve Jobs (Macbeth's Michael Fassbender) is a genius on a mission. With his loyal (and sycophantic) team by his side, Jobs breaks with convention in a pursuit to create technology that puts human interaction first. But Jobs also has a past, and it's the daughter (who he denies parentage of) that provides an unlikely inspiration.
Steve Jobs is a bio-pic of the Apple founder told in three acts, each in the moments leading up to the launch of his next big thing; the Macintosh (1984), the NeXT (1988) and the iMac (1998). With his trusty 'job wife' Joanna (Kate Winslet reunited with her co-star from The Dressmaker Sarah Snook) in tow, the stories of technological, business and personal successes and failures are told through snappy, witty, tragic and often manic exchanges between Jobs and the people who made and broke him. Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlberg appear in each of the acts with their characters contributing to the rise, fall and re-rise of Jobs. Jobs' daughter Lisa (Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo and Perla Haney-Jardine) brings heart to the story and provides the emotional stimulus.
If you like Michael Fassbender you'll love this film; there are few frames without him in it. The performance is intense and the pace of his performance with either invigorate or exhaust you (we had very different responses) using a script that is fast paced, clever and often delivered in yelled exchanges. There's an interesting story here (Apple geeks will be drooling) and it's refreshing to have it presented in three distinct acts without resorting to conventional bio-pic conventions; there are no scenes of a 5-year old in black skivvy being told he’ll change the world one day to cringe at here. The details of the familiar story are suitably fleshed out to provide and satisfying, engaging and very human film experience. (ME)
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