Sound Off: Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' Movie - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 23, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Can a great man be a good man? Universal's opening of the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie is expanding further to wide release, so it's time to open up the discussion. Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs, controversial genius and co-founder of Apple. Danny Boyle directs a cast including Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, plus Katherine Waterston. The story unfolds in three acts, taking place at the launch of three pivotal products in Jobs' life. How is it? Any good? Is Sorkin's script brilliant? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Boyle's Steve Jobs.
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To fuel this fire and get the discussion going, I think Steve Jobs is one of the best damn movies of the year. It's so energetic, and there are some scenes that make your heart race just watching them, it's gorgeous to look at, and Boyle didn't over-stylize any of it. Sorkin's script is going to win many awards, but it's also just one hell of a mesmerizing, powerful script. Once you think about it like an opera or stage play, with three acts and performances that encapsulate so much in just a few scenes, it's easy to see how impressive this is. There are so many scenes I want to pause and rewind and rewatch and dwell on what is being said, and how the discussion is unfolding. My favorite performances were Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen and Fassbender.
I wrote in my review of Steve Jobs from the Telluride Film Festival: "My biggest concern going in was that Danny Boyle would over-stylize the film (think 127 Hours), but I am happy to report that's not the case at all. In fact, it feels somewhat more traditional than Boyle's previous films, but not in a bad way. He knows exactly what he's doing, he knows exactly the story he's telling, and he focused entirely on that. It makes such a difference because he lets the actors and the script do most of the work, with masterful editing to bring it all together. I was enthralled from start to finish, in awe of every scene and so many compelling, immaculately crafted moments of brilliance." It's not just the screenplay, the whole movie is exceptional.
What did you think of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs? Outstanding film, or overwrought disaster?
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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
I can't wait to see it, but unfortunately it doesn't come out till January over here.
Snev De la Fontaine on Oct 24, 2015
This might be my favorite film ever made. It's really that good. The one flaw I noticed, maybe, was that Kate Winslet didn't have nearly as thick of an accent in the first act? Am I right about this? Did it change in the second act?
Cody on Oct 24, 2015
So glad I'm not the only one who thought this. It's like Winslet found out her character was Polish halfway through the film.
JUSTIN on Oct 26, 2015
It's probably not fair to compare, but it's not nearly as good as The Social Network. That movie was driven, and the voice felt so distinct. Steve Jobs doesn't feel as focused to me (the film not the person). I thought Rogan held his own against Fassbender pretty well though.
movieguyryan . on Oct 24, 2015
Ben Nesvig on Oct 25, 2015
The Woz said Fassbenders performance was spot on. I liked it. Apple Fanboys will love it and claim it is the best movie ever made.
tyban81 on Oct 24, 2015
I loved it. Great script. Fassbender was incredible.
Jonathan on Oct 27, 2015
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