By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
Just a few months after the teaser, the first official trailer has been released for the new movie “Steve Jobs” starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. Based on what you see here, the latest from Danny Boyle looks like a clear contender Oscar contender.
Based just on the talent involved in making this movie, there’s precisely 0.0 chance it’s a bad movie. Director Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “127 Hours”) is known for his unique visuals and energy, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”, “Moneyball”, “A Few Good Men”) is universally recognized as one of the world’s foremost cinematic wordsmiths, and Fassbender has proven compelling and versatile as an actor in a number of roles. Oh, and Kate Winslet is always fantastic as well.
As for the trailer itself, it appears the movie will focus largely on Jobs’ career before the iPod, when he was dismissed from the company. That may disappoint people who want to see a depiction of Jobs’ later life and career, but it looks riveting nonetheless. And it looks to have the same whiz-bang flash that Boyle is known for, as well as Sorkin’s distinctive rapid-fire verbal ping-pong matches.
To me, the only big question mark here is Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. It’s unknown how well he can handle a full-on dramatic role and accurately portray a real-life figure without getting all … Seth Rogen-y. But with a dynamic director guiding him and some (presumably) sharp dialogue for him to fire through, Seth may be just fine.
One thing’s for certain: “Steve Jobs” will certainly be better than that other “Jobs,” with Ashton Kutcher.