It’s here! Universal Studios has just released the first full trailer for Steve Jobs, the latest biopic of Apple’s Co-Founder and ex-CEO, Steve Jobs. This is not the first biopic around Steve. In 2013 Jobs was released starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. But let’s just say that one did not live up to expectations. And expectations were not that high to begin with. Jobs failed to make a splash, only receiving a 5.9 on IMDB. So this time around I am excited to see one of my favorite screenplay writers, Aaron Sorkin is stepping up to the plate to show us how its done.
Take a first look at the official trailer from Universal Studios:
The movie is strongly based off of Walter Isaacson’s biography also titled, Steve Jobs which made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2011. Sorkin and Isaacson worked together on the movie adoption of the book to create the most accurate interpretation of Jobs’ personal and entrepreneurial life. Sorkin also was the writer for 2010’s The Social Network, a dramatic biopic roughly based on the life of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Sorkin went on to win an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapting a Screenplay for The Social Network. So he has experience at this sort of thing.
Let’s take a look at the cast.
Playing the leading man himself, Michael Fassbender looks to deliver a dramatic interpretation of Steve Jobs. Fassbender is known for his dramatic range in recent movies like: Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave and X-Men: First Class. The rumors of who would ultimately play Jobs in the movie have been buzzing around the internet for the last year. Linking the role to other great actors such as Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. Both actors would have delivered great performances, but I am very content with what I’m seeing out of Fassbender so far.
In a more shocking casting direction, the role of Woz, Apple’s Co-Founder and brains, was given to comedian Seth Rogen. Rogen, typically assimilated with comedic roles about smoking weed, didn’t initially strike me as the right choice for the introverted Steve Wozniak. But Rogen delivers a powerful set of opening lines in the trailer that prove me wrong. I’m excited to see him stretch his acting abilities to a more dark and dramatic tone this October.
Jeff Daniels looks to deliver a fantastic interpretation of John Scully, Apple’s former CEO in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Daniels has showcased his ability to deliver a dramatic range to a character in the recent hit HBO mini-series, The Newsroom. This is a fantastic casting decision as we all know Jobs and Scully face some serious battles in their attempts to control the direction of Apple Inc.
There are two crucial quotes that come out of the first trailer from Universal that will really sum up not only the movie but who Steve Jobs was.
At just ten seconds in to the trailer, Woz delivers a series of questions to Jobs as he doubts Jobs’ true contributions to Apple and its success. Confused by why people find Jobs to be “a genius” Woz goes on to say:
“What do you do? You’re not an engineer. You’re not a designer. You can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board. The graphical interface was stolen. So how come, ten times in a day, I read “Steve Jobs is a genius.” What do you do?”
This is a great opening line as many people have been debating this same question for years. Steve Jobs did not code. He did not design. And he did not build. So what was it that made all the credit of Apple’s success shine on to him? Well Steve quickly comes back with a line that accurately sums up the answer to those questions:
“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”
Later in the trailer (0:45), we get a taste of Sorkin’s quick and witty dialogue as Steve is chastising an Apple developer for not fixing a software issue in time. The developer quickly comes back with what can only be defined as a Sorkin classic…
Steve: You didn’t have seconds you had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time.
Developer: Well… someday you’ll have to tell us how you did it.
This moment is not only great because of the fantastic writing, but also because it sums up the relationship Steve had with his team. Steve demanded miracles out of his team in far less than polite ways, and in turn his team felt abused as they dealt with a narcissist of a boss.
Being the huge Steve Jobs fan that I am, I am 100% biased when I say I will absolutely be seeing this movie when it comes out on October 9th. Putting my fandom aside, the acting, dialogue and cast of this movie look fantastic and I believe it will surely stand out as a great movie on its own.