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Steve Jobs (2015)People have asked frequently what I thought of the film Steve Jobs,… More People have asked frequently what I thought of the film Steve Jobs, most of them expecting a long-winded, nuanced answer full of qualifiers, as is my custom. Everyone has been floored by my simple and firm response. It's fucking PERFECT. I have hesitated to pen this review for fear of sounding pedantic, fawning, or trite. But there is is no avoiding the inevitable. Steve Jobs is finest example of acting and screenwriting we are to receive this year. Period. This film takes a theatrical approach and delivers a variation of a traditional three-act play. Rather than try to take on the broad narrative of our protagonist's life story while worshipping Apple (as the overly hagiographic Jobs did a few years earlier), each act takes place directly before a public launch event. This particular choice is no accident, as Steve Jobs is widely recognized for being a master of theatrics and stagecraft. Steve Jobs is channeled in fine form by Michael Fassbender, who has quietly become the world's best underrated actor. His Jobs is deeply intelligent, narcissistic, manipulative, ambitious, and a committed and uncompromising strategist. It's no mistake that Steve silently looks upon a painting of Napoleon Bonaparte and ponders his future. We also see much of his philosophy and business strategy, such as accessibility over versatility, design over function, and aesthetics over hardware, to the chagrin of many of the supporting characters. Independent film queen Kate Winslet manages to issue great back-and-forth, rapid-fire dialog as Jobs' long suffering assistant. The direction by Danny Boyle is fantastic and micro-focused, not a scene wasted or needed. The script, curtesy of Aaron Sorkin, represents his best work since The Social Network and it's hard not to see the parallels in terms of the themes presented and the real life giants they tackle. One particular scene stood out to me in which Jobs and his former CEO, played by Jeff Daniels engage in a brutal argument. While most would see only two white guys in suits arguing in an empty room with a few chairs, I saw a vicious lightsaber duel to the death. The dialog give a no-holds barred gritty feel and the scene had me more tensed and riveted than any action movie thus year, save Mad Max: Fury Road. One might be tempted to call this ACTING: THE MOVIE. Other subplots proved to be rewarding as well, such as the odd relationship between Jobs and his daughter (three different actresses) which gives him a true arc by humbling him, forcibly, and bringing him full circle with his life decisions. He also shares a critical trait with the main characters of Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, and the Social Network in that the skills and abilities that make him succeed professionally, doom him in his personal life. Jobs even admits that he is "poorly made." There are numerous other performances by character actors such as Seth Rogen that complete it so perfectly, but it would take another 3 paragraphs to do them justice. I can simply reiterate that Steve Jobs is lean, well-crafted masterpiece that deserves more attention and every award that it will be nominated for. See it. Absorb it. Think different.
21 days ago via Flixster