INSPIRED – “Is this a strategy or a problem?” a reporter asks Apple icon Steve Jobs moments before he is set to step on stage to launch the NeXT Cube, his now infamous computer that was introduced long before it was ready to actually function.
And that was the genius of Jobs. He always understood that the launch was as important as the landing.
“You sell sugar water,” he screams at his mentor and former Pepsi CEO, John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) in one of the film’s most dazzling sequences. “I sat in a garage with Wozniak and invented the future, because artists lead and hacks look for a show of hands!”
What makes Steve Jobs a truly special film is that, as much as it delves deeply in to the innovative weeds of invention and the monumental personality clashes revolving around the products, its real pulse flows from Jobs’ failure as a father.
“Why did you say you weren’t my father?” his 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, asks him near the film’s end.
His response: “I’m poorly made.”
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin proves yet again that he is the absolute best in the business at writing dizzying, clever dialogue so rich and layered that you literally have to see his films a minimum of three times to genuinely appreciate his words.
Sorkin won the Oscar for his 2010 screenplay for The Social Network, and was nominated for his 2011 screenplay for Moneyball. In both cases, he turned otherwise abstract subject matters into highly entertaining cinema, without sacrificing an ounce of the intellectual components inherent to them.
Here he teams up with Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), and the result is the best film of 2015.
While the script is pure heaven, and it is surely in the hands of the write director, this is still an actor driven film. And what a cast.
Daniels, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen (Wozniak), and Michael Stuhlbarg all deliver exceptional performances, each afforded a tour de force confrontation scene with Jobs, played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender.
You may hear or read contrary opinions of Steve Jobs; I mean, how could it be any other way? This is Steve Jobs we’re talking about.
But do not miss this film.