A revolving door of actors, directors, and writers have signed on and left this project. Names like David Fincher, Leonardo Decaprio, Christian Bale, and even Cameron Crowe, to no avail after emails Amy Paskial didn’t even bother responding to after Aloha. The Sony hacks didn’t help this project, and frankly those hacks hurt most of Sonys big screen plans from The Interview, Spider-Man and now Jobs.
Maybe it worked in its favor. Once those names I talked about before left, Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle came along. If you’re the head of a studio and those two names come across your desk, I’d imagine you’d be elated. On top of that, what if I told you after DiCaprio and Bale Michael Fassbender would want to take up the lead role. That’s not a bad third choice. World class to say the least. Even this supporting cast, you have Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels coming off one of his greatest performances in The Martian, and Kate Winslet. This movie is stacked to the brim with talent. With a life story so rich, this may be one of the best films this year.
I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. It was so captivating. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs is the best performance of his career. He nails every nuance, and his cadence. Not only that, but Fassbender brings out the humanity in Jobs. You know that he wasn’t the best guy, as a matter of fact he was a bit of an asshole, Sorkin and Boyle don’t floss over that. They keep that part of Jobs at the forefront throughout the film, and Fassbender does a great job of bringing that out, and making you love Jobs at the same time. This is one of the best performances of the year. He is a lock to get nominated for best actor.
Aaron Sorkin is a powerhouse screenwriter. He definitely earns that here. The walk and talk dialogue keeps you glued to the screen. You’re hanging on Every word of not only Jobs, but Joanna Job’s right hand (Winslet), Steve Wozniak (Rogen) and John Scully (Daniels), who all deliver great performances. Steve Jobs has brilliant exchanges with all these character that span long periods of time. Moments before the iMac launch he has a brilliant back and forth with Wozniak that spans their whole time together, and what really makes Wozniak tick about Jobs, all that pint up frustration they have had for each other after the Apple fallout.
Danny Boyle directs this film to perfection. He tells the Jobs story over three product launches. You don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. Between the launches there is a short recap of what has happened in between with news sound bites. It doesn’t feel forces or out of place. There are some flashbacks but they service the story.
Boyle doesn’t waste a frame of this movie, everything keeps this brilliant story moving. It moves at a fast pace and Boyle makes you feel like you’re right there at the product launches.
This is one of the best films of the year. Everyone involved could be up for awards consideration. Writing, directing, and acting all brilliant, and some of the best this year.