Steve Jobs (Dir Danny Boyle, 2015 - Seen on 29.11.2015 at Black Nights Film Festival)
*Interesting choice to take three launches of Jobs’ products to tell the story of the man behind the success of Apple. It provides a certain focus but it means the dialogue has to sometimes flit into the realms of tortuous exposition.
*Nice opening with archive footage of Arthur C Clarke explaining how computers will soon be in every home
*There’s a moment when Jobs washes his feet: the religious allegory seems plain. While the film never outright goes for him having a God complex, when someone says to him “Things don’t become so because you say so,” indicates some of the feelings towards him
*Very insular and stagey. This could almost be a stage play but Boyle tries to imbue it with cinematic life. But the literal stage settings bring forth the idea of jobs being a cultural icon as much as he was a technical one
*Fassbender very dialled back. His Jobs is a quiet egomaniac. Winslet as Mac head of marketing Johanna Hoffman is actually the stand out here.
*Moments are specifically designed to remind us we are watching a film and only getting one side of a story. Links in well with everything regarding Jobs’ own self-mythologizing and ability to manipulate the press.
*It’s been said before but is there any modern director with such a lack of distinctive ‘style’ than Danny Boyle. Steven Soderbergh perhaps?
*Nice line: “Hollywood: they made computers scary things”