'Steve Jobs' Review by Ammar Akhtar

WARNING: This review will contain some spoilers from the movie. Go watch the movie, then come back and enjoy the review.

'Steve Jobs' is certainly a great movie, but what I thought stood out the most was its unique way of storytelling. Instead of focusing on his entire life (similar to what the movie 'jOBS' did), it focused around three major milestones of his life, and showed us the struggles he faced before they actually happened. These three events were the introduction of the Macintosh (Lisa), the intro of the NeXTCube, and finally the introduction of the iMac. 

I really wanted to see a good portrayal of Jobs on screen because I've always been fascinated by his lifestyle. He's always been along the lines of an Anti Hero, a flawed hero with good intentions. In this case, he was a very mean-spirited man who innovated the future. If you Apple maniacs remember, there was a movie called 'jOBS' which was supposed to show Steve Jobs entire life story, but it ultimately was a critical and box office failure. 'Steve Jobs' is  much more concise and simplistic rather than having so many subplots jumbled around in a cohesive mess. 

Let's begin to delve deeper into these mini stories, starting with the first event: the introduction of the Macintosh. This scene does a great job at introducing one of the key elements of the entire story: power. Jobs was such an authoritative figure throughout his life, and it was displayed beautifully. For example, he goes to extreme measures to get the Macintosh to say "Hello", and we this take a great toll on his co-workers. When we see Jobs verbally tackle Andy Hertzfelt outside his dressing room, that too was a great example of Steve's power. Even visually, we can tell he's the most dominant person on screen. He constantly has low angle shots and is usually the biggest person on frame. This story did an excellent job portraying his power, and it continued to do that later on as well.

Along with power, family plays an important role in the movie, and it's introduced very well. We see him argue with his ex-girlfriend throughout this scene. I remember Chrisann mentioning how Jobs stated she "could have slept with 28% of American men". But what I found more intriguing was Jobs constantly suggesting that he's not the father of Chrisann's child. This really adds a lot more depth to Steve's character since he has so much power to destroy a man, but yet can't even admit that this a little girl is his daughter. I found this to be very interesting, and it does play an important role later on in the movie. 

Let's move onto scene 2, where the attention is mainly focused between Steve and his past partner, Jon Scully. It was hinted towards the end of the last part that their friendship would last forever, but it unfortunately ended since Scully was the one pointed at for firing Jobs from Apple. In my opinion, this was the only part that I found great in the second part. As they both argue, it adds tension as it constantly cuts back to the moment where he was fired. This was a great decision because it definitely felt much more intense rather than having a simple argument between the two. However, even the dialogue was excellent. It feels very real and from forming a bond to constant yelling at each other was handled very well. With Boyle's direction and Sorkins brilliant screenplay, this scene was one of the best ones in the entire movie, however I found everything else to be a bit of a bore. The scenes with his daughter didn't really add anything, and the same can be said with Jobs and his assistant, Joanna Hoffman. But, the entire scene with Jobs and Scully was brilliant screenwriting. 

Finally, in my opinion, the last act was the best because of the way it ties the whole story up. I loved how Scully came back and made his amends with Steve. It was a brilliant way to end their once great relationship. Also, the last bit of words he says were something like, "God, the things we could've done" (something like that!) was just the perfect closing to his character. However, by far the best element of this scene and probably the entire movie was the closing with his daughter. It was very emotional at first when they're discussing Lisa's college payment, but it then just transformed into a slowly blossoming father-daughter relationship as Jobs goes up to her car and asks her to stay for the presentation. This was yet again another great scene in the entire movie as it ends on a high note between the two. But the ending really hit it home for me! I found it to be very emotionally resonating due to it's cheerful music and positive outcome. Also, cutting it with Jobs walking towards Lisa was another excellent decision as it concludes that both of them will continue to become closer and closer in time. It was a great ending, and I felt very happy leaving the theatre with something so emotionally powerful like that. However, I didn't find the final battle between Jobs and Wozniak a good way to end the movie. It's probably unlikely that both of them ended their friendship on good terms, but in my opinion I felt that the final conversation just felt very unfinished. It seemed like it would go somewhere, but it unfortunately didn't. But as I mentioned earlier, the last act was by far my favorite because it was the most powerful out of all three due to the closing relationships between Scully and Lisa.

In the end, 'Steve Jobs' is definitely a great movie. It had some great performances from Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. Along with that, the shots were great and the soundtrack matched the movie beautifully, but by far the best element is the great storytelling. Just focusing on three aspects was a great choice rather than having a whole Steve Jobs story. I really wanted something different done with this unique character, and I got that from this movie. It has some tiny issues within some of the parts, and I wouldn't really see myself watching it again, but it's still an excellent piece of work.

MY SCORE: 8.5/10