In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Sorkin can write quips with the best of them, the only problem is, he puts the same style of quips in every character’s mouth, and they all come with such a smug, self satisfied, shit eating grin.”
“What do you do? You’re not an engineer. You’re not a designer. You can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board! The graphical interface was stolen! So how come ten times in a day I read Steve Jobs is a genius? What do you do?”
Danny Boyle is one of the most interesting and visually creative directors in mainstream movie making. Aaron Sorkin is one of the few screenwriters who even casual film fans known his name. Steve Jobs is one of the biggest icons of the last decade with acolytes all over the world. All three of those ingredients should have lead to big box office and awards season success. And before the release of their collaboration, everyone assumed that would be the case. Then it was released, and no one bothered to see it, and Steve Jobs became a surprising flop. And to be honest, it’s flopping is the only reason I was curious enough to watch it. How could Boyle and Sorkin, making a movie about Jobs, be so inessential?
In 1984, Apple founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is getting ready to launch the Macintosh computer. Backstage, he deals with a glitchy computer that may not be ready to impress, and a disgruntled ex lover (Katherine Waterston as Chrisann) wanting child support for a child Jobs denies is his, even though a paternity test and judge have ruled that she is. He’s also harangued by co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogan), reminding him that sharing a little credit with his staff wouldn’t be a bad idea. All while Apple CEO John Scully (Jeff Daniels) warns Jobs that his latest product could mean the end of his career. The only person offering blind support to Jobs is his head of marketing, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet). (more…)