The first is the Macintosh launch in 1984 (yes, the one associated with that commercial), followed by the NeXT “black cube” in 1988, and finally the iMac in 1988.
“I am the conductor”, so declares Michael Fassbender as the titular character of Danny Boyle’s new film, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted “Steve Jobs“, a non-traditional biopic of the former enigmatic CEO of Apple Inc.
The visuals cleverly mirror the various time periods, as director Danny Boyle shoots each sequence in a different format. And then we sort of ran it through. Reuters picAs of October 4, Fassbender was first on awards tracker GoldDerby’s best-actor Oscar prediction list with odds of 12-5. His visionary thinking, passion and rebelliousness have inspired me for years and the wisdom he shared in his 2005 Stanford commencement speech actually changed my life. Most just couldn’t take the guy who once made a show called “Punk’d” on MTV all that seriously in the role of the iconic businessman. And what was wonderful about Aaron’s idea was that there was this public sense. Put a clause in your will that it gets released once you’re gone, too.
“Steve Jobs” is the culmination of the work of many talented people, but unfortunately it never quite lives up to the sum of its parts. So it was beneath the surface. “We were always very insistent with everyone from the beginning that it wasn’t about being a lookalike and it wasn’t about physical mannerisms”. Isaacson wasn’t the only one to drop the S-word; Boyle said, of physical resemblances and historical accuracy, “It’s Shakespearean, really“. The flashbacks give Jobs a powerful reason to operate the way he does, for the absence of his real parents gave the genius a painful, irreversible truth. During a recent promotional event, when asked about his preparations for the film, Michael playfully stated that he studied Ashton Kutcher for the role. ‘Well, you know, Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs.’ He was like, ‘I’m not interested in that.
With its claustrophobic atmosphere and slightly surreal structure, Steve Jobs feels a bit like a Silicon Valley Christmas Carol, with Fassbender as its miserly Scrooge grappling with admonishing ghosts from his past (Woz), present (Sculley), and future (Lisa). Every day was all about him so when we finished, I kind of washed it all away to be honest.