Woz: Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie gets it right
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
This is the time of year when you must finally, finally decide about Steve Jobs.
Was he the rather dark, unfeeling character reportedly portrayed in Alex Gibney’s new documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine”?
Or was he Michael Fassbender?
The German-Irish actor plays Apple’s legendary leader in the new movie “Steve Jobs.” Penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, this movie seems to offer a more positive version of life at Apple.
Indeed, Jobs’s co-founder Steve Wozniak has already declared himself delighted with this depiction.
As Deadline reports, Woz mused: “I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others (including Rogen’s dead-on portrayal of Wozniak), not actors playing them. I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right.”
I can’t imagine a movie written about oneself getting too much right. Artists have this thing called license. Sorkin tends to have more license than most. How can it be that this is something so right?
The movie has already enjoyed some positive critical reception. Shown on Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival, it reportedly garnered cheers. Woz himself suggested that Kate Winslet, who plays Apple marketing director Joanna Hoffman, is most likely to get an Academy Award nomination.
Variety, however, offers this headline: “With ‘Steve Jobs,’ Fassbender Shoots to the Top of This Year’s Best Actor Oscar Race.”
This would be quite some feat, given that he looks nothing like Jobs at all.
The Variety reviewer calls the Jobs character “very unlikable throughout.” If this is true, how interesting that Woz believes the movie gets it so right.
Not everyone is enamored of the movie. The Guardian presented this headline: “Fassbender excels but iWorship required if you’re to care.”
In the end, the best ordinary viewers can hope for is that it’s a good movie. It’s not as if you don’t know how the story ends, so there’s a lot riding on writing, direction and performance.
“Steve Jobs” is due to be released October 9. I wonder if there will be Apple fanpersons camping outside movie theaters and queuing around the block to see it.
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