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Apple is the most highly valued company in world today.  With its current market evaluation at 650+ billion dollars ( Yeah… with a “B” ).   The name most synonymous with that success is none other than Steve Jobs.   When you mention Steve Jobs, you will undoubtedly get a mix of different options and reactions: tech visionary,  egotistical maniac,  genius,  deadbeat dad,  passionate,  uncooperative,  and uncompromising just to name a few.  “Steve Jobs”,  the latest and hopefully last biopic of the late CEO of apple,  attempts to show you the man in all the light and dark avenues.   Regardless of how you feel about the late tech legend.  His impact is felt today all over the world.

Steve Jobs is a very focused film.   Instead of chronicling the very eventful journey of Steve Jobs from humble entrepreneur to billion dollar tech mogul. “Steve Jobs” follows him succinctly through three pivotal moments in his life. The launch event of the Macintosh in 1984,  the launch event of NeXT in 1988 and the launch event of the original iMac in 1998.  It’s a clever move because these settings are ripe with a combination of stress,  tension and expectation.   Ideal settings to show off the character that Steve Jobs ultimately is.   You get a chance to see his uncompromising dedication to detail as he pushes himself and the people he employs to the absolute limit.  Director Danny Boyle does not shy away from these moments no matter how foul or endearing they make him appear.   There is no doubt that a critical piece of this film is to not make the same mistakes committed by earlier biopic “Jobs” in 2013.  Choosing to not show us job through the same rose-colored glasses.  “Steve Jobs” is committed to giving us a much larger picture and letting us choose how we feel about it.

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This film was written by Aaron Sorkin,  and is perhaps the most Sorkin-y movie he has written.  Most might find him familiar from his screenplay of another tech mogul, Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Network.   Where Sorkin excels is in fast pace dialogue,  and that’s especially so if he gets characters that consider themselves the smartest people in the room.   Conversation are held at an elevated pace,  with insights and zingers flying back and forth like a game of tennis.   These exchanges fill the bulk of the movie and ultimate keep it exciting from the very first sentence to the last.

(L to R) Steve Jobs (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) and Steve Wozniak (SETH ROGEN) in “Steve Jobs”, directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin. Set backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs’ career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998—the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Micheal Fassbender does a phenomenal job of bringing jobs to the screen. Having no true resemblance to the late CEO,  its pretty much all attitude.   There is an intensity to his actions and demeanor.   You will believe that this is a man who absolutely and unequivocally believes everything he does and says is right and for the greater good.  However because this is a Sorkin screenplay,  this intensity would be wasted if not for worthy competitors.   Jeff Daniels plays former apple CEO John Sculley,  coming closets to an antagonist but not for reasons you may expect.  Seth Rogen puts on a beautifully intelligent display as Steve Wozniak.   A man known fundamentally as the actual engineering muscle at Apple.  Playing Steve Jobs daughter at different ages was Makenzie Moss (5) , Ripley Sobo (9) and Perla Haney-Jardine (19).  There is nothing better to simply say that all of them nail it.   Last but not least is Kate Winslet,  portraying Joanna Hoffman,  Steve’s long time right hand woman.  Joanna was known principally because she was one of the few people who could and would stand up to Steve Jobs.  All of these characters get some truly exciting scenes with jobs.  In a way they all understand him the most and for reasons they cannot understand. It makes them all love him and hate him all the same time.

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Most people know the “Where” and the “How” of Steve Jobs.  “Steve Jobs” is ultimately a film that is way more concerned with the “Why” more than any other aspect of his life.  Sorkin has been on record of making sure people know that this movie is not a documentary.  So while certain points on the film don’t paint events exactly as they happened.  It was a secondary concern to painting a portrait of Jobs that people could understand and maybe… and that’s a big maybe even relate to.

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