Year of Release: 2015
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, John Ortiz, Sarah Snook
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Synopsis & Review:
Danny Boyle is an extremely intelligent director and film maker, always creating indelible film experiences from material that can be challenging (for instance "127 Hours"). Capturing the life of someone as iconic and well known as Steve Jobs could have proven a difficult task, but Danny Boyle manages to create a film that is dynamic, tense and engaging, interweaving the story with flashbacks, and other visual imagery that allows for a wordy screenplay to come to life. The film is successful in showcasing the personality of a leader that is demanding and insightful, while also probing deeper into who he was as an individual, with his flaws and shortcomings, creating someone more humane and relatable. Danny Boyle was also extremely successful in his casting, with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Katherine Waterston creating really engaging and well rounded characters that bring the story and the film to life, with intelligence and a beating heart. As it happens with most biopics this film will probably receive criticism for not depicting Steve Jobs appropriately, but this is a work of fiction, not a documentary. It's another fantastic film for Danny Boyle's incredible filmography.