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Hughes manages to turn the simple into the extraordinary, telling a film that echoes throughout the decades and shows us that appearances may be deceiving, and everything is a little bit more than what it seems.
The movie having this family drama at it's center is what elevates it beyond just another good horror film to a full on masterpiece of modern cinema
Steve Jobs is a masterpiece of writing and acting, and Sorkin and Boyle use their best traits to pull this off. By focusing on three launches, they are able to cover years without making the movie feel like a greatest hits biopic. Fassbender's Steve may be one of the most tragic figures in recent film and I feel that his loss of the Best Actor award may be forever remembered as one of the great snubs of the 2010s, at least in a few decades.
There are some aspects of the film that don't age well, including the age difference between Judy and one of her suitors who seems old enough to be her actual father, but that is to be expected with a movie that is almost 100 years old. Overall, while Pickford was excellent, I feel Nielan would be better suited to making a film for the likes of Keaton or the other slapstick kings of the era rather than the "girl with the curls"
Metropolitan was made for a low budget, $421,399 in today's money, and there are times when it shows, but in the end it doesn't matter. Stillman gives a movie that not only shows us the life of the rich teenagers, but lets us relate to them. They're just like all teenagers, unsure, way too confident in their decisions, and likely to make mistakes. They're insecure beings trying their best to hide it. In a way, we all are, and that is the genius of this film