Departing from the cradle-to-grave narrative arc of typical Hollywood biopics, this exhilarating film about Apple guru Steve Jobs focuses on just three episodes from its subject’s rollercoaster career: a trio of crucial product launches from 1984, 1988 and 1998. As Michael Fassbender’s Jobs wrangles with colleagues and friends – and the occasional foe – in the forty minutes before each launch, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin turns the exchanges into the sharp-witted verbal sparring that is his trademark, while director Danny Boyle gives the walking and talking a bristling dynamism.

The set-up is deliberately contrived, yet thanks to Sorkin and Boyle’s audacity and panache, and the superb work of Fassbender and his co-stars (including Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels), the drama that unfolds is strikingly compelling. And even if it falls far short of the full story, the film does give us a very good idea of Jobs’ personality, his control freakery, monomaniacal focus and arrogance, and his ability to inspire even when behaving appallingly to the people around him.

Certificate 15. Runtime 117 mins. Director Danny Boyle

Steve Jobs is available on Digital HD and is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 21st March from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs

Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle

Feature Commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin and Editor Elliot Graham

DVD BONUS FEATURES:

Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs