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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Steve Jobs (2015)

Set in the years 1984, 1988 and 1998 at launches of innovative computer ware brought under Steve Jobs' (Michael Fassbender) watch. First with Macintosh (84), then NeXT (88) and finally IMac (98). At each launch, we get more insight into the man behind the computer. LOVED it! Surprisingly so since I'm computer illiterate and couldn't give a rat's arse about Steve Jobs. But isn't that what great film making is supposed to do? Make us care about something that we ordinarily don't care about or disinterests us? Loosely based on Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, Aaron Sorkin's detailed and complex screenplay is given a bang up presentation by director Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). There's a lengthy piece with Fassbender and Jeff Daniels that jumps back and forth in time, beautifully accompanied by Daniel Pemberton's underscore that is as good a piece of editing as I've ever seen. Kudos to Boyle for letting Pemberton's score carry large chunks of the film. I suppose some could say the film is overscored but Boyle realizes the potency when music and celluloid are welded together. Fassbender is superb as are Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels. One of the best films of 2015. With Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston (INHERENT VICE). 

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