Steve Jobs (2015)
Dir: Danny Boyle
It took me a while to get round to watching this film. Know why? Because I think computers are boring, and i-phones, macs, and global monopolies are dull as shit. But this film is not about any of those things. Its about Steve; his obsessions, neurosis and the massive personal flaws that can accompany epic human endeavor.
I’ll take it for granted you know Steve Jobs. Perhaps for his high-waisted trousers, unprecedented fortune and untimely death. This portrait follows him through some of his early epic fails, before Apple took over the world and Macintosh was struggling in the marketplace, in no small part down to Jobs obsessive and bullish drive to create something the world had never seen.
“You can’t write code. You’re not an engineer. I built the circuit board. Someone else designed the box. So how come ten times a day I read Steve Jobs is a genius? What do you do?”
– I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician.
This is a fast paced drama that sucks you quickly into the total mania of elite business entrepreneurship. It’s easy as the viewer, knowing as we do how Apple have changed the face of global communication, to take for granted that Steve Jobs hubris was somehow warranted, but just remember the mania being shown on screen came before the global take-over and it seems all the more jaw-dropping. Fassbender rocks the neurosis and trade-mark turtle necks in typical spectacular style.
If you’ve ever been slightly jealous of the multi-billionaire, or thought he just caught a wave at the right time – watch this film first and then let me know if you change your mind. Also, speaking of genius’, look out for the brilliant opening credit footage of Arthur C Clarke predicting the future of computing in 1974 with what can only be described as psychic accuracy.
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