CAN A GREAT MAN BE A GOOD MAN?
The life of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs becomes, in Aaaron Sorkin’s hands, a play in three acts, each one taking place behind the scenes of a key presentation in 1984, 1988 and 1998. Focus lies on Jobs and a few selected people in his life, and each dialogue-heavy act is colored by Sorkin’s attempt to dig under the skin of the genius who refused to recognize his own daughter. Very intense at times, and done with a sense of humor, with Danny Boyle and his crew giving each period its distinct look and feel, mirroring the advancement of technology. Gets at the core of Walter Isaacson’s lauded biography, but hardly an emotional knock-out, in spite of an excellent cast.
2015-U.S. 122 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin. Directed by Danny Boyle. Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin. Book: Walter Isaacson. Editing: Elliot Graham. Cast: Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman), Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak), Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston.
Trivia: The Apple icon was also portrayed in Jobs (2013). Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered as Jobs; David Fincher for directing duties.
Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet), Screenplay. BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet).
Quote: “God sent his only son on a suicide mission, but people like him because he made trees.” (Fassbender)
Last word: “What we tried to do was […] to make [the three time periods] as dynamically different and various as possible. But also tell the story within each act. And hope that also we got a sense of forward motion and momentum and the differences. So the first one is a certain edge for the music and the shots are very narrow and we keep it feeling homemade. He did see himself as a pirate. And so it felt like that was an opportunity to work on 16 [mm] again. Bizarre working on it again. It’s not easy to work on it these days. ‘Cause not many places develop it anymore. But it gave a lovely homemade quality to it.” (Boyle, Slash Film)
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