By Cole Weinstein
“Steve Jobs” is the newest attempt to tackle the brilliant, but flawed Apple icon of the same name. With a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin of “The Social Network” and “Moneyball” fame, directed by the legendary Oscar winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”) and filled to the brim with an all-star cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels, it’s easy to see why this was my most anticipated film of the year. And it did not disappoint.
The film follows Jobs (Michael Fassbender) at three different iconic product unveilings, each at a different time in his life: the launches of the 1984 Apple Macintosh, the 1988 NeXT Computer, and the 1998 iMac. Along for the ride is his right-hand woman Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) and former Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels). The film also deals with the struggles Jobs had with Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston) and her child Lisa (Makenzie Moss at age 5, Ripley Sobo at age 9,and Perla Haney-Jardine at age 19) who may be Job's’ daughter. This, of course, all happens during the hectic time he is backstage preparing for the launch.
From the ingenious script filled with sharp dialogue to the phenomenal direction, “Steve Jobs” succeeds in every way. The beautiful yet unconventional cinematography by Alwin H. Küchler and the great score by Daniel Pemberton only serve to amplify the success of this film.
At the very center of it all are the outstanding and human performances given by everyone. Jeff Daniels carries his strength from Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and Seth Rogen gives the best performance of his career, proving yet again that comedians can be great dramatic actors. Kate Winslet’s performance is sheer brilliance and shows once again why she is a first-rate actress. She elevates the performances of everyone on screen and the chemistry she has with Fassbender is electric. She is absolutely Oscar-worthy. I have seen few performances better than hers this year.
But this is Michael Fassbender’s movie, and he knocks it out of the park. Does he look like Steve Jobs? No, not really. Should we care? Absolutely not! He carries the film on his shoulders with a truly jaw-dropping performance that is one of the best of his illustrious career, one that deserves an Oscar.
“Steve Jobs” took me to a place emotionally that very few films have. It is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and, to quote Rolling Stone, this movie is “a new American classic.” Somehow, this film managed to shatter my sky-high expectations. It left me inspired, amazed, and most importantly, speechless.
Bravo, Mr. Sorkin, you have done it again.
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