As the 2015 summer movie season comes to a close, moviegoers will be anticipating the arrival of this year’s awards contenders, as Oscar season is right around the corner. Though many viewers won’t be able to see these projects until their theatrical release in October or November, films like The Danish Girl and Spotlight are already making an impression on the festival circuit.
One of the more buzz-worthy offerings is Steve Jobs, the biopic of the legendary Apple co-founder who passed away in 2011. Hollywood tried to bring Jobs’ life to the big screen once with the poorly-received Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher in 2013, but this new film has a lot more potential on paper. With a creative team made up of director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and star Michael Fassbender, the pedigree for the movie is unparalleled. And according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, it more than lives up to the hype.
Deadline has a report about the Steve Jobs screening at the Telluride Film Festival (where they had very positive things to say), which included a quote from Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen in the film) about the biopic’s authenticity when compared to the Kutcher version.
“I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others, not actors playing them. I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right.”
Those who have been following Steve Jobs for a while know that the project was plagued by extensive pre-production woes. Before the cameras began rolling, it went through numerous directors and leading men (including a dream pairing of David Fincher and Christian Bale) and changed homes from Sony to Universal. It’s very encouraging to hear that Wozniak had exceptionally high praise for the film, and his stamp of approval will only help as the movie puts together its Oscar campaign.
Even before Wozniak’s review, there were many cinephiles excited to see the talented Fassbender sink his teeth into a meaty role like this. Due to the biopic’s unconventional structure, the actor is going to be on-screen for a majority of the time and, based on the trailers, Fassbender looks like he’s up to the challenge. Considering the film’s critical response is as strong as Wozniak’s, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Fassbender is not nominated for Best Actor.
That Wozniak also complimented the work done by Boyle and Sorkin (and not just the performances) speaks volumes. From the previews, we can garner that Steve Jobs isn’t going to sugar coat its subject’s life, as elements such as Jobs’ complicated professional career and relationship with his daughter Lisa are going to factor heavily into its story. Ideally, this will make it a more compelling character study than merely a celebration of the man’s impressive technological achievements.
From the sound of it, Universal has another winner on their hands with Steve Jobs. The studio has already shattered one box office record after another, generating billions of dollars in revenue with smashes like Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Minions. It would only be fitting, then, if Universal’s good luck extended to awards season and the studio’s prized project managed to bring home some Oscar gold at the next Academy Awards. At this point, we certainly wouldn’t bet against them.
Steve Jobs will open in theaters October 9, 2015.