Is it too late to re-write my list for the Best Films of 2015? Please say it isn’t. I really want to add something…
Steve Jobs (literally) follows Steve Jobs backstage over 3 different years and 3 different Apple product launches. Starting the Macintosh in 1984, followed by the NeXT Computer in 1988 and culminating with the launch of the iMac in 1998.
The reason that we have been given two mainstream films based on the titular inventor (Jobs in 2013 and Steve Jobs in 2015) is because the former was an utter pile of tosh. Jobs took the most cliché and bland way of making biopics and brought it to one of the least cliché and bland people. Steve Jobs on the other hand does everything brilliantly.
With good reason, I think that Danny Boyle may be one of the world’s greatest directors at the moment. He can take a story that most people would deem short and lifeless and turn it into an excellently directed masterpiece. He did it with 127 Hours and he’s done it again.
If you’ve ever heard of the name Aaron Sorkin, you’ve probably also heard that he’s one of the best screenwriters known today. Reputed by his constantly fast and moving dialogue and his subtle depth with words, Aaron Sorkin brings his writing talents to a story that clearly needed them. Jobs followed a boring linear structure with dumbed down dialogue and a slow pace. Whereas Steve Jobs follows an interesting and unique structure where the three acts are literally three acts and the dialogue is electrifying and intelligent. Thank you Aaron Sorkin.
As shown by the posters and trailers, Steve Jobs has an amazing cast. Kate Winslet earns the Golden Globe she won as Steve Jobs’s marketing executive and friend Joanna Hoffman. Seth Rogen shows he’s a lot more than just an alien and a laugh with his unexpectedly amazing performance as Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels brings an incredible performance to the table as the inviting, warm and terrifyingly realistic John Sculley. And obviously, Michael Fassbender gives an incredible and towering performance as the titular man. Being on screen for 99% of the runtime and stealing the audience whenever he is, Michael Fassbender deserves the Oscar.
However being set in three locations, there is only so much that you can do. Steve Jobs does manage to show a lot of emotion, character depth and engaging dialogue but it does seem a little bit restricted. But only a little.
A supporting cast all being brilliant, Michael Fassbender giving an Oscar-worthy pinnacle performance and Danny Boyle’s subtle yet powerful directing all come together to present a constantly moving, constantly engaging and constantly unique script written by the Archbishop of Screen Dialogue, Aaron Sorkin. Steve Jobs is an excellent film.
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