Steve Jobs (2015)
Steve Jobs is technically the Father of the digital revolution (but Bill Gates would argue that fact). This film paints a portrait of what it was like backstage at the launches of three major Apple products. Finishing in 1998 with the iMac.
This film made $34mil at the Worldwide Box Office. It cost $30mil to make. It was in cinemas for 9 weeks. These stats do not lead you to suspect the film is an absolute gem.
There was a Kutcher version called "Jobs" from 2013 but I found it had been photoshopped i.e., Steve Jobs character was a glossy, happy, shiny thing. And, according to everything I've read, he was just a flawed human being like the rest of us but one with a superior intellect.
Steve Jobs the film is the baby of four people, Michael Fassbender, Danny Boyle, Kate Winslet and Alan Sorkin. Because without the calibre of these four this film wouldn't have become the riveting character drama that it is.
When I read that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) was directing with a Screenplay by Alan Sorkin (A Few Good Men) it certainly sparked my interest. Then with casting of the two mains going to Fassbender (Prometheus) and Winslet (The Dressmaker) it was a given I would have to see this film.
From the outset there is a feeling of familiarity, like stepping into the family home after a 10-year absence. After all, we have known Steve Jobs for the longest time and there is a seesaw effect of like / dislike of the man at play for most of the film.
Steve Wozniak, or Woz as he is known, Apple's long time Hardware Engineer thought the Kutcher film was less than flattering for Jobs. He endorses the new film and admires Fassbender's performance. Woz is still an Apple employee.
The 3 launches depicted:
1. The Macintosh in 1984
2. NeXT in 1988
3. The iMac in 1998
It is interesting that most of the drama in the film is just prior to each of these events. It seems everyone wants to fight with Jobs just before he is about to launch a product and the tension is palpable. I figured, this has to be real, no one could make this up.
Oh, and Winslet's performance is outstanding she is as subtle as ever but her character shines. I love the interaction between her and Fassbender.