(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Steve Jobs really brings out what the man Jobs is all about, and all the credit goes to Michael Fassbender, the sarcastic dialogue in this movie really made this movie entertaining.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I don’t know what it is, but Steve Jobs has always been an interesting character. I love his products that he brought out, but his story has to be very interesting. When the first movie Jobs came out, I learned about his story of starting his Apple computer company, but I just saw Ashton Kutcher trying to act like him, and really didn’t give his character justice. But when I saw that they were making a movie with Danny Boyle directing, written by Aaron Sorkin, and acted by Michael Fassbender, I knew this would be the movie that brings what Steve Jobs was all about. Happy to say, it did.
What I Like: Michael Fassbender really caught the essence of Steve Jobs. I strongly believe he caught his mannerisms, attitude, and even his character as a jerk. Fassbender is definitely getting an Oscar nomination for Best actor. Not sure if he will win it. The other thing I know will get an Oscar nod is Aaron Sorkin’s writing. The whole movie was about dialogue, but it wasn’t boring. Instead, I was laughing at the sarcastic talk that each character brought to the table. One thing I love is sarcasm, but I usually get that in comedies, very rare I get that in dramas. The story had an interesting premise. Pretty much it was three different times where Jobs was about to make his big premiere on one of his computer products. He has five great conversations each time with the same people. One is with his assistant Joanna Hoffman, played by Kate Winslet. Winslet and Fassbender has tremendous chemistry with each other. In the movie they show they have tremendous love and respect even though Jobs can really act like a jerk sometimes. The other conversation that I enjoyed was with Andy Hertzfeld played by Michael Stuhlbarg. I loved the first conversation where Jobs was threatening him to get the Macintosh to say hello. They have a complex relationship, but Hertzfeld will always try to make things right with him, even when he doesn’t deserve it. The other conversation was with Steve Wozniak (Woz) played by Seth Rogan. First off, Rogen did a great job playing in a dramatic role and even though he doesn’t have his voice, he represented him well. The conversation was always an argument where Woz wanted Jobs to give him and his team credit for the beginning projects that set Apple to the level it is, but Jobs always refused. I find it surprising that Woz still have respect for him even though Jobs treated him like a jerk after all Woz has done for him. To me the most interesting conversation was with the CEO of Apple, John Scully played by Jeff Daniels. It was three completely different conversations with Jobs. The first was a conversation of respect for each other, the next conversation was animosity of firing Jobs from his position from Apple, the last conversation was Scully being fired by Apple and Jobs coming in as CEO. That conversation was a more remorseful after everything that happened with each other. All very engaging. The last conversation was the most emotional one, was with his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs played by three different people. The first is where Jobs was denying her as his daughter but saw potential in her, the second where he is warming up to actually having a daughter, and the third of him actually reaching out to her as her father. With all these conversations, director Danny Boyle crafted a very good movie, with different split second scenes that really brought out the movie. (Though the shark pic really freaked me out.) he crafted a very entertaining movie, and the editing was on point.
The So So: The first movie shows Jobs story while this movie was all about conversations. They did show little spurts of his story, but I wished they showed more. It would’ve added a little more depth to the movie and the character Jobs. A missed opportunity, but it wasn’t affected.
What I Didn’t Like: The fact that they made a movie about Steve Jobs and thought Ashton Kutcher would do a great job. If that movie wasn’t made, it would’ve made this movie that much better. Instead you get comparisons, and it does affect it unfortunately.
Overall: For a drama movie with a bunch of dialogue. It was that good, it had comedy, visuals, and emotional drama. It’s everything you need in this type of movie. I know we’ll be hearing this movie at the Oscars for sure!!!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
(Sidenote: Unfriended- I didn’t have high expectations for this hotter movie, but probably that’s why I found this movie very intriguing. The movie took a very unique approach by showing one laptop with all the action happening between other students. It was fun to watch as everything went down. It was entertaining for me even though the acting was subpar. It was creepy at times, but it wasn’t that scary, not even some jump scares, and I do jump easily. It also gives a decent message of cyber bullying where these can can learn something (at least I hope). Director Leo Gabriadze showed some potential as a director, and expect some more stuff from him. Rating: 3.5 Stars)