'Steve Jobs' review: Pure Sorkin, but is it pure fiction?The new film from Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle doesn't let the facts get in the way of its unique take on the life and times of the Apple co-founder.
We have 45 seconds. I want to use it to ask you a question. Why do people who are adopted feel like they were rejected instead of selected? I don't feel rejected. You're sure? Very sure. [SOUND] Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was a complex man, and the new film from Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin, explores the personal cost of being the technology visionary who helped shape the world we live in today. The movie is definitely not a straight bio pic. Instead, it's divided into three acts. Each set backstage just before an important product launch, as Jobs meets with key figures in his life. Including co-founder Steve Wozniak and the man who ousted Jobs from Apple, John Scully. It's an interesting approach that helps the film stand out from previous Jobs biopics, and the many books written about him. But, it does see writer Aaron Sorkin take a lot of liberties with actual events and people. All the conversations are totally imaginary, illustrating aspects of Jobs' life and personality in completely dramatized form. It's more like a play in which Jobs is repeatedly visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. The three acts are marked with clever use of subtly different music and even different film while director Danny Boyle keeps things focused on the actors and the dialogue. It's pure Sorkin, filled with the trademark quick-fire banter, throwaway technical information, and witty quips familiar from The West Wing, The Social Network, and The Newsroom. In the lead role, Fassbender doesn't deliver a spot-on impression of Jobs, but, But does give an intense performance, while Kate Winslet stands out as Joanna Hoffman, the Apple staffer with the unenviable responsibility of managing Jobs both professionally and personally. But the heart of the film is Jobs's relationship with Lisa, the daughter he at first denied, shining a light on the less empathetic aspects of his character. Jobs was definitely a complicated and paradoxical figure, and a hard man to understand. If you want the facts, read a book. But, if you want a witty and dramatic interpretation of this divisive figure, the movie Steve Jobs approaches the Apple supremo from a very different angle. The movie opens in the US on the 23rd of October and in the UK on the 13th of November. Check out Cnet.com for more.