Ellie Wells ’18 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
When his peers were studying for exams and looking for first apartments, Steve Jobs and Steve Woznyiak started Apple. Nearly thirty years later, the company has changed the landscape of modern culture, its many innovations the brainchild of Steve Jobs. The legacy left behind has continued to flourish in the four years since his untimely death. Even those who are not Apple consumers will not able to go far without its influence.
The Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed biopic went through many production troubles, and initial hesitations are not unfounded. David Fincher was originally tapped to direct. Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio both passed before the role went to Michael Fassbender. And there was already a Steve Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher that was released to negative reviews. After only two years, is a second Jobs film really necessary?
The short answer is yes. The film shows no hesitations in its portrayal of the enigma that was Steve Jobs, and the audience is left with not only an appreciation of what he accomplished but an understanding as to why he was important. Set in the minutes before three crucial product launches over a fourteen year period, it manages to be a breath of fresh air in a Hollywood landscape where biopics are a dime a dozen.
We see Jobs (Michael Fassbender) interact with many, including John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), Apple’s one-time CEO, Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterson), the mother of his child, co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), and one of his earliest employees, Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg). Through them we see his many nuances, both of the genius who changed the world but also of the unpleasant and abrasive man who was fired from the company in 1985. However, the two driving relationships are those he shares with his personal assistant Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) and his daughter, Lisa.
Fassbender himself is a shoe-in for an Academy Award nomination. While he may not resemble Jobs physically, he perfectly embodies everything that Jobs was. His on-screen presence is magnetic, and an electric script and direction work in his favor to create a cohesive whole.
It’s a must-see, one that will leave you thinking for a long time.
Overall Grade: A
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