July 14th: Steve Jobs – Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels – Drama
Simple Overview: We’ve all heard of the man who co-founded Apple and helped build one of the world’s largest companies, Steve Jobs. In this biographical film, Michael Fassbender portrays Jobs as a man with a vision and a huge personality and temper. This film dives into the unpredictable attitude of Jobs and his strange relationships with coworkers, friends, and family. Fassbender shines in his performance as Steve Jobs.
What Could Have Been Better: This film felt too fast at times then at other times a few interactions such as Jobs’s interactions with Wozniak felt almost too slow despite them always moving. I imagine many of the interactions were amended to be a bit more dramatic for the film, which at times makes you wonder which interactions are true or fabricated. The potential restructuring of some of the scenes could have possibly improved the film.
What I loved: Not only is Fassbender a great leg for this film to stand on his counterparts Winslet, Rogen, and Daniels all hold their own with their parts here. I enjoyed Rogen as Wozniak and his portrayal of the man who codified and built the modern computer so much of today’s tech is founded on. The dialogue in this film fits the tone of this film and powerful conversations that make you think a little more about the actions we take and the processes we follow. I
know many people didn’t like Fassbender as Jobs due to his appearance not resembling Jobs, as well as other actors, might have but I loved him in this film. He shared an excellent performance filled with emotion and grit which was very welcome showing this “Poorly made” yet powerful man.
Final Thoughts: Any film based around the life of Steve Jobs needs the grit and strength this film has. I enjoyed them showing his professional years post-launch and early success of Apple from the Apple II computer followed by the downward spiral of Apple’s other overdesigned tech products that nearly folded the company. The interactions between all the characters of the film are worthy of watching as a great film about shortcomings and the eventual flawed growth of the title character.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 thumbs up.
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