Steve Jobs (2015) Is Full of Amazing Dialogue and Tension

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After watching the 2013 movie Jobs, you, like myself, were probably thinking: “huh..well…that sucked…” right? I mean seriously, it was long and drawn out and Steve Jobs was a rather boring character in the film. He had zero intensity and came off more like a spoiled child rather than the genius any of us have heard of. So that’s the end of it… no more Steve Jobs movies! Wrong. Universal heard all of the words complaints and decided to, instead of scrapping any future Jobs screenplays, decided to make  a truly ambitious film following the Steve Jobs as he preps for a few different important product launches in his career. But regardless of how appealing the movie may have looked or how ambitious it may have seemed, was the world ready for another Jobs movie? It has only been 2 years since the first movie released (and failed in spectacular fashion), so what does this movie have to offer that is different from the first film? After all, it follows the same character and the same products so what does it really have to offer? Quite a lot as it turns out.

Synopsis
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With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael
Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.
Thoughts
maxresdefaultWhat I really enjoyed about this film was how it was able to build tension in scenes that may have, otherwise, felt stagnant. Fassbender has an intensity in this film throughout that he is able to bring to the forefront or hold back when needed, this makes it so that we in the audience never quite know how Steve will react to particular situations. Will he get pissed and yell, throw things and be stubborn, or will be compromise and be understanding? We don’t know, especially as the character progresses in his life. Certain things he matures on, other things it appears, became more stubborn with age… But you are definitely on the edge of your seat for a lot of the film just waiting to see how he responds. Fassbender does an amazing job in his role as Steve and deserves an award for his portrayal.

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But his is not the only noteworthy character in this film, no… what this film did extremely well, that the old Jobs movie did not, is that Steve was surrounded by characters that don’t necessarily bend to his will. Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) plays his secretary of sorts in the film and follows him throughout his career. She remains loyal to him even after seeing him do some pretty horrible things but also is not afraid to argue with him and is as often right and Steve is in the film. She, in many respects, is the character we can relate to in the film as a common-person having to deal with extraordinary situations and extraordinarily crazy people.

jobs.insideAnother person in this film that deserved a god damn award is Jeff Daniels either for his role in The Martian or for his role as John Sculley in this movie. There is seriously a scene in this movie where Sculley and Jobs are talking about what went down when Jobs actually got fired versus the story that was actually spreading. This scene was one of those tension-building scenes that leaves you in awe. Jeff Daniels brings such emotion and depth to such a small scene, you find yourself feeling exactly what he is feeling in the moment…and I think that is rare in cinema today– we get so used to seeing this larger than life blockbuster films that the subtle nuances are often overlooked. I cannot really describe the emotion and tension in this scene– it is truly something you have to watch to appreciate… but to the Oscars do an award for best scene in a movie? If they do, this has my vote.

The way the story was told could be a double-edged sword for the movie. In one way, it makes certain character progressions in the movie non-existent. It is not a standard linear story, it doesn’t show the origins of Steve Jobs or Apple, nor does it really display or showcase technology in the movie and it’s impact on society. I think this film steered clear of these things because the original Jobs movie already executed them– and we hated that film, so why bother?

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Instead the film takes place on three separate occasions in Steve Jobs’ life. During the 1984 Macintosh launch, the 1988 launch of NeXT and the 1998 launch of the iMac. The movie is literally build around these three days and you, mostly, do not get any exposure from the characters outside of this instances…hell, you barely anyone outside of the facilities in which these products were unveiled. But what is truly amazing about this move, and where this movie truly shines, is packing a lot of character points, dialogue and interactions within these three days. A LOT happens on these days and Jobs has to struggle with a lot of crazy situations– some self-created and many others outside of his control. And, while the tone of this movie is heavy, seeing how Steve weaves in and out of these situations makes the film actually pretty fun.

14549-10185-stevejobsmovie-lReally, the only negative part of this movie is that fact that you feel a bit left out if you intended to see this movie in hopes of being educated about Apple and Steve Jobs… Its more of a dramatic adaptation rather than a biopic. As such, you don’t really feel the characters grown at all or progress. With the exception of a few minor changes, Jobs is the same person throughout the whole film. He doesn’t really have any sort of character growth or epiphanies. But I think the film does a great job of portraying Steve in such a way that he doesn’t come off as a monster, but is also not someone who should be glorified as much as he has been. It was a very realistic approach to take because I think too many people either deify him or crucify him, rather than picking a specific camp, the movie chose a middle ground.

Rating
63949Plot
The plot packed a lot of material into mundane and uneventful situations and I thought it was amazingly well done. They do a great job of giving you information about the launch and the tech without making you bored, additionally the story feels a bit liner as there are a few subplots that stay prevalent throughout the movie. (19/20)

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They don’t pack this movie full of useless characters, in fact the movie centers around 4 or 5 strong main characters and they all have pretty large roles in the film. Each and every character was done perfectly, Seth Rogen honestly surprised me as Steve “Woz” Wozniak and I really loved both Joanna Hoffman and John Sculley as compliments to Job’s character. And that’s leaving out the most important character of all, Steve Jobs himself, that proved to be both fascinating and intense to watch. You never quite knew what he was thinking, so you stayed on the edge of your seat every time he was ready to respond. (20/20)

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If it is not evident from the “character” section, The acting was impeccable in this movie. Fassbender, while not looking like Steve Jobs, clearly captured his essence and provided an amazing performance, Seth Rogan and Kate Winslet really (and surprisingly) were able to keep up with Fassbender’s ability and complimented him well in the movie. And my god, Jeff Daniels is a vision as John Scully…seriously! (20/20)

Steve Jobs (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) with daughter Lisa Brennan (MAKENZIE MOSS) in “Steve Jobs”, directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin.  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—the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.Storytelling
I liked the unique way in which they told the story, focusing on specific launches rather than the story of Jobs and Apple as a whole. The movie provided a lot of story arcs and dialogue in really tight sequences. However, because of this weird way they told the movie, character development was a bit weak and if you were hoping to see a solid character progression by the end of the film you may just be disappointed (23/30)

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The trailers were really well done for the movie and did a good job of making the movie look like a spectacle worth watching. However I think the studio needed to do more to draw a crowed as the audiences around the word were worried of another Jobs (2013) and steered clear of this movie, ultimately hurting its box office results. (7/10)

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