Monday, February 22, 2016

Oscar Project 2016: Steve Jobs

Movie: Steve Jobs

I knew going in that I was likely to love this movie, and I did, just as expected. One of my Twitter friends semi-jokingly asked "Who is the audience Steve Jobs?" and my answer was: Me. Me exactly. I love tech history. I love movies about smart people making things. I love difficult complicated geniuses. I love Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels. And while I can recognize his (many) problems, Aaron Sorkin's writing somehow just hits my brain in a way virtually no one else's does; almost every line makes me so happy I want to cry.

Availability: Available to buy or rent on Blu-ray/DVD or digital download.

Nominated in:

Actor in a Leading Role: Yes. Fassbender was great here - not every actor can make Sorkin's dialogue seem natural, and he did a great job of showing Jobs's complexities and how he evolved (and didn't) over time.

Actress in a Supporting Role: I thought Winslet was good but . . . not quite convincing enough to win this category. Part of it was the accent - it just never seemed natural or even and I'd have preferred if they'd just left it out.

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