“God sent his only son on a suicide mission, but we still like him because he made trees"
In recent years cinemas have been full of overlong films that could have benefited from having 30 mins cut out, less rare are long films that you wished
were even longer.
Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs is such a film.
Told in the backstage area before three product launches over the space of 14 years from '84 to '98, it's a ridiculously entertaining and enthralling look
at the Apple CEO.
It's the work of a director firing on all cylinders. Though still reining in, for the most part, some of his usual extravagant directorial choices and
trusting in what makes the film great. Aaron Sorkin's script. Issues of veracity aside, it's an extraordinary piece of work. Few people can tell the story
of an arsehole and how he became an incredibly rich arsehole and still keep you invested in how it plays out. With The Social Network and now this, Sorkin
has done it twice. Using the smart product launch framing device and a series of electrifying two-hander conversations between Jobs and the key people in
his life to deliver something eminently quotable, original, funny and satisfying. It takes what could be a dry and potentially alienating subject matter to
all but the geekiest of computer nerds and makes it sing.
Helping it do just that is an incredible cast. Michael Fassbender may not look much like the man himself, but is so good that it's easy to overlook that
for the duration. Which is just as well as he is in every scene. Equally impressive are the supporting cast pitched against him. Kate Winslet, Jeff
Daniels, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Sarah Snook and John Ortiz are all excellent. One heated exchange between Fassbender and
Rogen's Steve Wozniak had me almost holding my breath it was so tense.
My only criticism? The 2hrs fly by far too quickly. I would have been more than happy to sit through another hour and a couple more product launches.
Essential viewing (if I hadn't made that obvious already).