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Picking between The Big Short and this film was very difficult. I changed my mind frantically, because both films are in my estimation too close in quality to each other. Both are some of the best-made films of the year, but eventually I had to give the edge to Steve Jobs.
This film takes place at three separate events in Apple’s history, all from the perspective of, who else, Steve Jobs. Each event takes place across 14 years right before an Apple press conference where a new product is unveiled (the Macintosh, NeXT Computer and iMac G3). This film delves into the personality of Steve Jobs, his innovative mindset and his relationship with both his peers and his daughter.
Steve Jobs has been portrayed in film at least three times before, each with some mixed results. However, I think we can all conclude that this version and take on the Apple co-founder is the best one. Sure it’s not without it’s issues, but I think this was an excellent take on what by this time was becoming a very tired and overdone film idea.
Most of us know the story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s up and coming computer company, Apple Inc. That’s why the filmmakers opted out of repeating the origin story and instead expanding much more on Jobs as head of Apple and as a person. This was a very smart move and one that gives us this new shade of Jobs that is sometimes hard to fully accept. In short, he was kind of a dick.
This film holds no punches when showing just who Jobs was and how difficult it was to work with, around or for him. The most impressive part of the writing is how Steve’s character is the central plot of the story; not the press conference or the products themselves. Those things unfold in the background while we’re peeling the character’s layers. It can be argued that Steve’s unlikability can turn people off, but if you stick with it you’ll see the logic behind his actions.
The impressive aspect of the film is that this movie only takes place in three places in three different times. To capture 14 years with just three events isn’t too easy of a feature, and director Danny Boyle knew what he was doing when trying to display it. The film is eerily similar to a three-act play, down to the fact that many of the scenes occur in one take (at least once per act). It’s a very smart style that thankfully has brilliant cinematography to accompany it.
For a movie consisting of big names, it’s amazing how into their characters they are. Even Seth Rogen plays a surprisingly grounded and dramatic role. By far, this was the best performance I’ve seen him in. Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet play very inderstated yet important roles in the film. I do see why Winslet was nominated, because unlike Daniels who doesn’t get much screetime, her character has enough time to shine in Act 3. Finally, Michael Fassbender was fantastic as Steve Jobs. Everything the film required him to be he delivered in spades. He smart, calculated, shrewd and kinda douchey, yet you’re always invested in the man.
Admittedly, Steve Jobs is not a film for everyone. I saw this movie with my family, and half of them didn’t like it. However, for those who this film does win over, it’s a masterpiece worthy of every bit of praise it’s getting. I encourage you all to see it for yourselves. If you don’t know where to look, just ask Siri.
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