Saturday, October 24, 2015

Steve Jobs

Plot: This is a biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender). It focusses on three days of his life, the launch of the Macinosh, the launch of Next computer, and the launch of the first iMac. In each launch he talks with his ex-wife, daughter, assistant Joanna (Kate Winslet), Woz (Seth Rogan) and ex-Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) about business and about their lives.  [imdb]  [photos]

Review: .he dialog is outstanding, sparkling, sharp, and fun-to-listen to. This is great because the movie is filled with write Aaron Sorkin's dialog. This movie could have been dull, but the script is great.

I love the relationship between Steve and Joanna, Kate Winslet's character. Joanna is the only one who can talk directly to Steve, and cut through his bullshit. Kate Winslet is great in this movie.

I like this movie, and it is important to separate the film from whether one likes Steve Jobs as a person. In this film, he is not necessarily a successful person. CEO's are often assholes; especially self-made ones. The longer they are in the top job, the pushier and less connected they are.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Written by: Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's book

The Music: Mixed instrumental tracks by John Debney, the best being Think Different, and  augmented with Bob Dylan and period pop music

The Visuals: It is mostly dialog, but I loved the conference room scene with the water running down the windows, and the shadow of the running water on the ceiling. Pretty cool.

Rating: 3.5 stars: The dialog is that good!

More: Info on the historical accuracy is on Wikipedia

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