Main Plot Points:
- Set backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs’ career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998—Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
- Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.
What We Thought:
- Steve Jobs is going to get a whole lot of award nominations and deservedly so.
- I love Aaron Sorkin. I love his fast paced, lots of words, walk and talk style screenwriting and he’s getting nominated for this. It might be my favorite screenplay of the year.
- I’m slowly starting to love Michael Fassbender. I’m a fan and like him a lot, but the more I see of him in dramas like this, the more I love. He’s great as Steve Jobs especially in the third act. He will be nominated for Best Actor.
- Kate Winslet is hands down my Best Supporting Actress of the year. I didn’t even realize it was her for the first 15 minutes of the movie. She’s perfect in this. She’s going home with some sort of award this year.
- Then there’s the style of the film and it is all Danny Boyle. He’s a great director and this has his touch all over it. He’s one of the best directors at using music and the score for this is fantastic. The film is three acts, three distinct moments in Jobs’ life. In fact the film probably only adds up to a few hours of his life, but Boyle shows the audience every version of Jobs there was. The man, the myth, the legend, the hero, the anti-hero, the terrible father, the visionary.
- The editing, the pacing, even the different ways the movie was shot makes the movie what it is. Boyle used different film stock for the 1980s sequences (what they would have used at that time) and then shot digitally for the last event because that’s what you would have used then. It gives the movie depth and a feel that belongs there.
- My only issue with the movie (and what makes me not give it a 4 star review) is, I really didn’t care about the daughter. She plays a major role in all three segments and shows a side of Jobs most people might not know. But to be honest, I really don’t care if he wasn’t there for his daughter. He didn’t know she was his at first and gave the mother money and a house. I don’t really know why it was such a focus to the film. Call me cold, but it doesn’t effect how I see Steve Jobs historically.
- Steve Jobs is a master class in acting, writing and filmmaking. Sorkin’s words brilliantly come to life through Fassbender, Winslet, Jeff Daniels and the rest of the cast. The words are so great they even make Seth Rogen look like a great actor. Boyle’s style is spot on and his techniques are pushed even further with the score. It’s a must see film for 2015.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Michael Fassbender
- Kate Winslet
- Jeff Daniels
- Seth Rogen
- Director Danny Boyle
- Aaron Sorkin
Recommended if You Like:
- The West Wing
- The Newsroom
- Aaron Sorkin