Danny Boyle’s movie closed the 59th London Film Festival as the best icing on the cake ever seen.
True; this is a redundant story even on the big screen: Noah Wyle ( E.R.’s Doctor Carter) portrayed Steve Jobs in 1999 in the masterpiece Pirates of Silicon Valley. More recently, in 2013, Ashton Kutcher was Steve Jobs in the American flop Jobs.
But this time, Michael Fassbender’s Steve is something new, something different, something just extraordinary.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s book, Boyle’s work is not the portrait of a genius, but the portrait of a problem human being.
The film is a journey centred around the atmosphere in the wings and dressing rooms when “five minutes before every launch people get drunk and tell me what’s wrong with me”.
Here we are just before three biggest product launches: the Macintosh in 1984, the Black Cube in 1988 and the iMac in 1998; as a 3-act play.
Every time, by Steve’s side we find his right-hand woman, Joanna Hoffman. And this is what makes this latest movie the greatest one. Not only because Joanna’s character is the portrait of a strong woman who spent her all life by the side of a man she desperately loved but who was unable to say “I love you” to anyone, not even to his own daughter. But because Kate Winslet performance is simply outstanding and the couple Fassbender – Winslet is a marvellous legendary duets every time they are on screen.
The straight of Boyle’s work is also that Steve Jobs is entertaining even if it’s a movie of dialogues, a movie of words, a movie about too many wrong words said and too many right words unsaid.
In this aspect, Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay excels because, in theory, with all these it’s easy to represent Steve Jobs as an egocentric prick; but Sorkin (The West Wing, Oscar for The Social Network) rows against the itch to condemn.
All this “rhythm, cadence and pace” language comes on the screen as result of all the great work made by the team during weekslong rehearsal periods before each section (Doyle shot the story in sequence) was filmed.
The soundtrack by Daniel Pemberton (The Man from U.N.C.L.E) is the edge over the top.
At the end we left the screening room with new feelings about Steve Jobs: maybe good, maybe not; but what we felt is that underneath all the boldness and the confidence, Steve Jobs was human after all; something Boyle never lets us forget.
“You’ve had three weeks, the universe was created in a third of that time” (Steve Jobs)
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