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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher as the title character, wait, no, that’s not right, that was 2013. Steve Jobs is the 2015 version of the film! While Kutcher did a phenomenal job (pun intended) portraying the mind behind Apple, he did not have the amazing team that this film has behind it. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Magneto himself, as Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in a film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Like I said, Kutcher didn’t have the team.

This film was plagued by all sorts of setbacks. Going into pre-production with David Fincher set to direct, and Christian Bale to play jobs, it hit its first set back with Fincher leaving. Then Bale decided to pass on the project. Boyle came in and wanted DiCaprio to star. Who eventually passed. Bale came back and accepted the role, then left the project months later. With Jessica Chastain, Ike Barinholtz, and Scarlett Johansson all vying for roles they all eventually dropped and passed. Sony then dropped the project all together and Universal picked it up with started negotiations with Natalie Portman to join the project. She then passed. Eventually its current cast was set and production was finally underway. I never thought the film was coming.

But now it is here, and by here I mean limited release here. It is only playing in I think 2 theaters here in Dallas. Last weekend it was just 4, 2 in New York and 2 in LA. So we have a little wider release this week, and then a full wide release will hit theaters October 23.

Question is, is did all the drama affect the movie? How is it? Well in going to tell you. Unlike its Kutcher counterpart that selected random event throughout Steve Jobs’ life, this film focuses on 3 events. 3 separate days. The days leading up to his 3 biggest announcements, and all the drama and planning that went on behind the scenes.

First off, yes, it is freaking amazing. At first I was bothered by Magneto playing Jobs. Because I did not see Jobs. I saw Fassbender. Almost with a little mixture of Robert Downey Jr. in there. I know, weird. But that’s all I could focus on. But as the film plays out, Fassbender begins to disappear. You get over it, and you can see Steve Jobs. In the performance. The character becomes too much to ignore and you forget about the actor, and you see a character. Not necessarily the person, but you see the character. And it is astonishing. This is another performance I would chalk up to the Best actor category. Not a winner, but a nominee.

Everyone else is incredible in their roles. Honestly, even though I knew it was Kate Winslet, She was immediately gone into the part. And Seth Rogen is little bit of his normal self, mixed in with a great performance. But the second nominee for this film is of course Jeff Daniels. Between the Martian and Steve Jobs that guy better take home the damn supporting actor statue. True story.

The way it is filmed is a work of art in and of itself. Danny Boyle perfectly adapts Sorkin’s script. Especially filming act 1 in 16 MM, Act 2 in 35 MM, and Act 3 in digital. As Jobs brings out the next evolution of technology, the film grows with you. It may sound like a gimmick, but it works in this instance perfectly. And Sorkin is at his best with this script. This is a walk and talk, dialog heavy film. And it flushes out every single character beautifully.

The only real negatives on the film would be the neatness that a few things get wrapped up. But in a film adaption that is going to happen. Especially with a project like this. But it still leaves the door open that maybe not everything is tied up perfectly, but perhaps settled for the time being.

Steve Jobs can become his own genre of film. While Jobs itself was not fantastic, it was entertaining for Kutchers performance. And now, this film is a remarkable top tier film. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 4.2. Go out; go see it next week when it goes wide. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you an Apple User? Did you enjoy Jobs? Are you excited for this film? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Batfleck v. Superman: Gone Girl Justice

Gone Girl, the David Fincher directed film based on the 2012 book of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. The film stars Batfleck (Ben Affleck), Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and Carrie Coon. Gone Girl has been one of my most anticipated films of this year. I have been looking forward to it ever since the announcement. Though I have not read the book, this movie made me want to.

Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne(Batfleck) who returns home early on the day of his 5th anniversary only to find what seems to be that someone has broken into his home, and his wife Amy(Pike) missing. As Nick’s life is in a frenzy, a media circus begins to turn the case upside down. The police and public begin to question Nick as the more in the spotlight he is, the more of his shortcomings and deceitful behavior come to light. Which leads everyone to ask the frightening question, Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl is a riveting tale with twist and turns around every corner. And like I said, I never read the book, but watching this film, I got the feeling it was playing out like a book, and makes me want to read it. The story has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Trying to figure out what’s coming, thinking you are about to take a right, then the film takes a left. I could never predict what was happening next, nor could I take my thoughts away from this film. The run time on the film is 149 minutes, but there’s not a single minute that you feel it. When it ended I hadn’t even realized I had spent 2 and half hours in the theater.

The stars are definitely on par. For the record, I am huge supporter of Batfleck, not just for him as Batman, but his career over all. I know he did Gigli, get over it. He also did The Town, Changing Lanes, Argo, Good Will Hunting, and besides, Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms yo! So that said, he is at the top of his game this go around. Hopefully the haters will finally be silenced by his performance. If you called it right now, I’d have to say I’d give him a nomination, it would probably be in the 5th and final spot, but I’d say he gets one. On that note, Rosamund Pike takes the statue this year. No doubt. She steals the show. I don’t know the girl very well, a matter of fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever even see her in anything else. But mark my words, she takes the statue for Best Actress. And Barney, well he kind of once again plays Barney, a much calmer, and kind of creepy Barney, but I still saw Barney. That’s nothing against NPH, he is very good in the film.

So needless to say, Gone Girl is amazing. I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 5.2, with a .1 bonus, now the bonus would have been more, but it actually took me out of the film. There is a cameo, all though I guess it’s not really a cameo, more of just a roll that went to an actor. But, the actor, is Minkus from the early seasons of Boy Meets World. Played by Lee Norris, he nothing more than a bit part cop with a few lines, but I loved Boy Meets World! And Minkus was great! So even though it took me out of the film for a second, I’m still giving it a .1 bonus, bringing the Jeebus score total to 5.3, Multiple Viewings Required.