Steve Jobs was one of the best films of the year. There have been many attempts at a biopic about the late visionary, but none have come close Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s interpretation. The film was based off of Walter Isaacson’s book also entitled Steve Jobs; a biography consisting of more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over a two years. As well as interviews of family members, friends and even business competitors. Sorkin used these as blueprints and constructed a beautiful story that acts as a time machine through Jobs life. The film exclusively takes place in the hours before each important keynote speech. They creatively choose to leave out the actual speeches, because the audience has either watched them or can with a quick google search. This allows Boyle to use the extra screen time to study the man behind the curtain.
One of the key contributing factors in a successful biopic, is casting. Michael Fassbender was the perfect choice to play Steve Jobs. He has acted in so many films, yet has strayed away from being type cast. Unlike the past attempt at this story; no matter how well Ashton Kutcher played Jobs in 2013, he’s still Michael Kelso in a halloween costume. From the moment the screen fades from black, Fassbender IS Steve Jobs. It wasn’t just his appearance; his actions, speech patterns and mannerisms were virtually indistinguishable. It’s a truly remarkable performance. More so, Fassbender isn’t the only casting choice worth noting.
Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak is quite impressive too. Rogan has spent a majority of his career working in comedy. Like his past co-star and friend Jonah Hill, he decided to dabble in the world of drama and man am I glad he did. With limited screen time, he was still able to leave a lasting impression. The chemistry between Rogan and Fassbender makes the audience feel as if they really had the chance to peer into the character’s troubled friendship. Rogan accepted this new challenge and proved that he’s more than just a comedian.
There has been quite a bit of speculation about the accuracy of Steve Jobs, as there is with every biopic. I’m not going to waste my time fact checking and blabbering on about minute details. Whether or not it’s 100% accurate, it is a unique tale full of inspiration, regret and hope. Most importantly, it’s entertaining. That’s all that really matters, isn’t it? You may be a die hard PC user or Mac user. Either way, if you are a film lover, Steve Jobs is for you.
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