Monday, February 15, 2016
Steve Jobs by Danny Boyle, 2015 (R)
with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Sarah Snook, Adam Shapiro, Perla Haney-Jardine, John Ortiz
With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve "Woz" Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.
Great dialogues. Great great dialogues. A bit brainy and of course nerdy, but great. That said, it is strange to see the career span of Danny Boyle, and it is harder and harder to understand its trajectory. One of the unusual traits of this movie is almost the lack of climax... Because when the presentation starts, we are out. Because the success story outcome is not part of the movie. Because the movie focuses on the process, the personal journey and the relationships Jobs has over the year with his employees, collaborators, investors and family. Somehow after the end of the second segment, we get the pattern and the movie looses its rhythm, so attached to the structure it becomes a constrain. Kate Winslet's character Joanna Hoffman (and most likely the real Hoffman) is irresistible in clashing with Jobs, and the best part of the movie. And of course, as an Apple user since my first computer, I found the behind the scene of the development of what became a successful brand and product fascinating.