Steve Jobs is a film split into three segments that tells the story of Apple’s co-founder at the product launches of three products in 1984, 1988 and 1998 respectively.


Filmed in close to real-time the film leaves a lot open for audience interpretation and provides little back-story to the characters. It makes the assumption that those watching have at least some basic knowledge of Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and his relationships with Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) and John Scully (Jeff Daniels).

From the opening segment at the launch of the Macintosh we are thrown into the deep end and witness the hectic events as Jobs struggles not only with the launch but also personal problems revolving around his daughter. This relationship and Job’s poor attempts at fatherhood are to become the emotional core of the film, which chooses to focus almost solely on the character rather than his life story or the technology for which he was famed.


Without a good actor it would have been simple for the script to turn into sentimental rubbish as much of the dialogue focuses on Jobs’ insecurities. Fassbender however proves to be the perfect choice as he takes on the icon and brings all the eccentricity to life in a wonderful performance. Through each segment he adjusts his performance just enough so you can see the effects of time on the character; but not so much that it feels like a different person. Although the change from a tense suited Jobs in 1988 to relaxed jumper wearing version in 1998 is pretty jarring at first.

The best thing by far about the film is its ambiguity over Steve Jobs and it’s keeping in the grey area as to whether he is a jerk or a genius or both. Throughout the film we get to witness examples of each as the high pressure situations of the product launches provide allow the perfect opportunity to build fantastically tense sequences.


Steve Jobs is a far from perfect or historically accurate view of Jobs’s life but one that makes for tense and interesting entertainment.