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This year’s Academy Awards are less than a week away. As I started to make my predictions, I thought Leonardo DiCaprio was a lock to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in The Revenant. Then I started to hear rumblings about Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. I’d never gotten the chance to see the film in theaters, so with its recent release on DVD and Blu-Ray, I decided to see what all the buzz was about.
Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle and is written by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. It stars Michael Fassbender as the titular genius, as well as Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. This film tells the story of Steve Jobs through three different events in his life. These occasions are the unveiling of three separate products Steve created. So does this film live up to the hype, or does Leo really have some competition?
Steve Jobs is an utterly fantastic film! Unlike most of the films 2015 had to offer, Steve Jobs doesn’t rely on great performances to make you love it. While the performances were amazing, the true stars of this film are screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and Director Danny Boyle.
The dialogue written by Aaron Sorkin is some of the best dialogue that I’ve seen in several years. Everything that comes out of these characters’ mouths is so interesting to hear that you are thoroughly entertained by this film that is mostly people standing around talking. The way that this film portrays Steve Jobs as this guy who can really be a jerk sometimes and people hate to work with him. Yet, he has methods for his madness, as this film truly makes you understand why Steve feels the way he does. He may be a jerk sometimes, but his being a jerk helps portray his passion for what he does.
The style that director Danny Boyle used for this film was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As I mentioned above, the film takes place during three separate events. However, when the film jumps forward in time, it also changes in how it was filmed. In the first event, this movie was filmed using 16mm film. In the second event, it uses 35mm film. Finally, in the last event, this film is shot using the modern digital route. All three of these together made for a very interesting viewing experience.
This film features some of the best acting performances of 2015. Almost everybody in this film does a fantastic job. Kate Winslet portrayed her character extremely well. You really understood that under her somewhat calm demeanor she was really stressed about making sure everything is on schedule and keeping Steve in check. Come Sunday, I have a feeling that she’s going to be walking away with an Oscar for her mantle. Surprisingly enough, Seth Rogen was really good as Steve Wozniak. Seeing him really stretch his acting ability outside of the comedy genre was good, and I’m excited to see what he does with his career following this film. However, Michael Fassbender was far superior to all other actors/actresses in this film. Fassbender’s performance as Steve Jobs was nothing less than breathtaking. You believed that he was Steve Jobs, which is even more impressive when you consider how the two look nothing alike. He was absolutely brilliant in this film, and he could potentially upset Leo and win the Oscar for this performance. This is the best Michael Fassbender has ever been, and his performance alone is worth watching this movie for.
Although this film isn’t perfect, it comes really close. The only really problems I had with it are really just little nitpicks. Some of the characters didn’t really stand out from each other, and they seemed to bleed together a bit. Also, the ending wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked it to be. You can kind of tell the film is coming to a close, but then it just sort of stops. Other than that this film was nearly perfect.
I absolutely loved Steve Jobs! Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet both have very good shots at winning Oscars for their individual roles. It’s a shame that Aaron Sorkin wasn’t even nominated! This film should have been nominated for Best Picture over either The Big Short or Bridge of Spies. Steve Jobs is one of the best films of 2015, and I would certainly recommend it!
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