Steve Jobs follows the story of.... well.... Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender). The thing is, this isn't your typical biopic. We don't witness his rise, fall and redemption. We don't see his life story. We get none of that. Instead, we're treated to three individual scenes, all of which are shown in real time. These three scenes all take place backstage before the launch of a product, all at different points in Steve's life. The film explores his relationships with his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston), their daughter (Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, Peria Haney-Jardine), his co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), his boss and former partner (Jeff Daniels) and the head of marketing, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet). It's a look inside the mind of this modern day genius, showing both the good and the bad sides of him, and it puts all other recent biopics to shame.
The film's got just three scenes, yet there's never a slow or uninteresting moment. Steve Jobs is a film that just keeps on going, full of energy, conflict and, thanks to Sorkin's writing, perfect dialogue, too. The film is so vibrant and alive, constantly moving forward despite not much besides talking actually going on. It's a bunch of characters arguing about Steve's way of life and yet, looking away just isn't an option. My eyes were glued to the screen, my heart pounding. Boyle's direction never stops, and the film's score is rather mesmerising. Everything comes together tremendously, resulting in a film that's bursting with life.
Throughout all three scenes, the same characters are constantly reappearing, and it's not until the very end that we get the emotional payoff I was waiting for. The film could not have ended in a more perfect way, and the scene is so good that I nearly cried. This wasn't because it's sad or heartbreaking or anything like that, but simply because it was a good ending. It was done so well, I wanted to cry, and yes, it's safe to say that this film moved me. I wasn't expecting this film to emotionally punch me in the nose, but that's just what it did, and it might've broken my nose, too.