By Will Tarashuk
Jobs with Ashton Kutcher was underwhelming to just about everyone so the filmmakers wanted to step it up with Steve Jobs, and they did. Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. Seth Rogen also steps out of his comedic comfort zone and even he deliverers. Every aspect of this film clicked and mashed together to bring some fantastic entertainment.
First off I need to commend the writing more than anything. The writing and dialogue of this movie is superb. As a writer it made me sit back and just think of ways I can improve my own writing. The dialogue in each scene is intense and you feel like you are in the scene with the actors.
The entire movie takes place over three days over the course of 15 years. The first act is in 1984 when Steve Jobs was going to unveil the Mac to the world. The second was in 1988 when he was going to unveil his product for his company Next. The third was in 1998 when he returned to Apple to unveil the Mac yet again. I think my favorite part of the movie is that we never see Steve Jobs on stage with the audience. Everything we see is behind the scenes and we see the kind of person he was.
I don’t know how accurate this movie was but Michael Fassbender killed it as Steve Jobs. His delivery was on point and his remarks were perfect. Kate Winslet was also exceptional in her role. She was the only one who could talk back and stand up to Jobs and she did it to perfection. The chemistry between the two was some of the best I have seen in a long time. They shared a lot of screen time together and they made the best of it.
The dark horse and maybe most risky was Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak. Rogan is known for his comedy and has rarely been tested in a dramatic role. He makes the best of an opportunity and brings a lot to the table. He brings a lot of much needed personality to the film and adds some subtle comedy to the film. Jobs is constantly arguing with everyone but when Rogan is on screen it is different type of argument. It is more entertaining and his character just makes you smile.
This movie isn’t perfect. Each scene feels very similar to each other. Somebody will try to confront Steve Jobs or try and tell him to do something, Jobs will deny it, they get in an argument, there is a lot of witty dialogue, and Jobs gets his way. We see a lot of scenes like this and at times it felt a little over dramatized. I realize it’s a movie but it felt unrealistic and too dramatic.
The last thing I want to talk about is the relationship between Steve Jobs and his daughter. Throughout the years it is the one constant in Jobs’ life that stays the same. Jobs can build up and destroy as many relationships as he wants, but the one with his daughter is the strongest. Each actress who plays his daughter is great and hits the right amount of emotion every time.
Overall, Jobs is a great movie. It is intense and full of emotion throughout. Fassbender nails Jobs in a way Kutcher could only dream of. This movie makes up for the blunder that came out in 2013 and I give this movie a Will Tarashuk honorable mention.
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