Backstage with… – Steve Jobs (2015)

One of the best scripts of the year.  Everybody knows OF the man, the myth, the legend, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender).  But how much do you know about the man’s personal life?  This is the movie that takes you backstage at three different product launches during this man illustrious career, specifically in 1984, 1988 and 1998.  This movie underperformed at the box office.  I don’t know how much of that had to do with people wanting this to be the next Social Network, because simply put: this is not that.  I will give the edge to The Social Network, just because it really is that spectacular, but this isn’t that far off in terms of quality.

2I now realize just how badly I need to sit down and watch The West Wing.

As you may recall, a Steve Jobs biopic was already attempted back in 2013.  They made Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, and it was a bit of a mess.  While Kutcher’s facial structure may resemble Steve Jobs more than Fassbender, the movie itself was all over the place, trying to cover too much of the man’s life.  By focusing on these three different product launches over the years, you really get a great feel where he was at during these different years.  And while Fassbender may not necessarily resemble Jobs all that much, he delivers such a good performance and gets the mannerisms down to a T, you stop seeing him as an actor and only see Jobs.  It’s like that movie Frost/Nixon with Frank Langella; he may not necessarily be a doppelganger, but Langella is such a talented actor, you only saw Nixon when you looked at him.

'Steve Jobs' film - 2015This movie also paints Jobs as being a way bigger jerk than the 2013 movie.

I think this is one of the most slept on movies of the year, and I think it’s a crime that this didn’t get a screenplay nomination.  All of the pieces to this are exceptional, from the writing to the direction to the acting.  Aaron Sorkin is a genius, and the script is immensely pleasing to listen to.  Kate Winslet is exceptional, too; it took me damn near an hour to figure out that this was her, as she truly loses herself deeply into the role.  It enthralling and engrossing, and there is a palpable energy that can be felt throughout.  There is so much packed into this tight script, and all of the actors fully commit to these real life characters as they walk and talk backstage and bring this terrific script to life.  This is one of my favorite movies of the year, and it is so well done that it made me want to stand up and give it a round of applause.

Steve Jobs (2015) ****1/2

– Critic for Hire

Want to see where this fell in my list of best films of the 2015?  See for yourself here.


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