Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Biographical drama film based on the life of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle based on a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin.
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man (Michael Fassbender) at its epicenter.
Verdict: Aaron Sorkin’s script has produced some great dialogue and Michael Fassbender is superb as Jobs, including the rest of the cast, but it just feels like in the end you don’t get to know Jobs any better than you had before going in to watch the movie.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
Steve Jobs: We there?
Andy Hertzfeld: No. It’s got a one-in-six chance of working.
Steve Jobs: Goddamn it.
Andy Hertzfeld: Well, we’re not a pit crew at Daytona. This can’t be fixed in seconds.
Steve Jobs: You didn’t have seconds. You had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time.
Andy Hertzfeld: No. It’s got a one-in-six chance of working.
Steve Jobs: Well, someday you’ll have to tell us how you did it.
Steve Jobs: Today is about the Macintosh. And the Mac is mine.
Steve Wozniak: I give you that.
Steve Jobs: Thank you.
Steve Wozniak: I give you that. Just publicly acknowledge the Apple II team cause it’s the right thing to do. We’ll know soon enough if you are Leonardo da Vinci or just think you are, but in the meantime, it would be great…
Steve Jobs: In the meantime, the Apple II is done.
Steve Wozniak: Seven years. It was a great run.
Steve Jobs: You should go out in the house and take your seat.
Steve Wozniak: The Mac is Jef Raskin’s. Say it for me.
Steve Jobs: Computers aren’t…
Steve Wozniak: Fuck you.
John Sculley:[to Jobs] I hear you’ve been worse than usual this morning. I didn’t think that was possible.
Andy Hertzfeld: We’re not a pit crew at Daytona. This can’t be fixed in seconds.
Steve Jobs: You didn’t have seconds, you had three weeks. The universe was created in the third of that time.
Andy Hertzfeld: Well, someday you’ll have to tell us how you did it.
Joanna Hoffman: I’m begging you to manage expectations out there.
Steve Jobs: You see how this reminds you of a friendly face. It’s warm, and it’s playful and inviting and it needs to say hello.
Joanna Hoffman: If you keep alienating people for no reason, there’s going to be no one left for it to say hello to.
Chrisann Brennan: Your Apple stock is worth four hundred and forty-one million dollars, while your daughter and her mother are on welfare.
Steve Jobs: She’s not my daughter!
Joanna Hoffman: You must be able to see that she looks like you.
John Sculley: You’re issuing contradictory instructions, you’re insubordinate, you make people miserable.
Steve Jobs: Even if that were true, it doesn’t sound that diabolical to me.
John Sculley: The board believes you’re no longer necessary to this company.
Steve Jobs: I sat in a garage and invented the future because artists lead and hacks ask for show of hands.
John Sculley: You’re gonna end me, aren’t you?
Steve Jobs: You’re being ridiculous. I’m gonna sit center court and watch you do it yourself.
Steve Jobs: You’re the only one who sees the world the same way I do.
John Sculley: No one sees the world the way you do.
Steve Jobs: Two most significant events of the Twentieth Century: The allies win the war and this.
Steve Wozniak: I was angry. You were saying things about the Apple II, and the way you were treating the team…
Steve Jobs: Woz, you get a free pass for life. I gotta get back on stage. We got like two minutes of rehearsal time left.
Steve Wozniak: Do you understand how condescending that just was? Maybe you don’t.
Steve Jobs: I don’t want to see you get dragged off an airplane in plastic handcuffs.
Steve Wozniak: I get a free pass for life from you? You give out the passes? You give them to me?
Steve Jobs: You’re gonna have a stroke, little buddy.
Steve Wozniak: What did you do? What did you do? Why has Lisa not heard of me?
Steve Jobs: Shit, man, how many fourth-graders have heard of you?
Steve Wozniak: You can’t write code. 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 from Xerox PARC. Jef Raskin was the leader of the Mac team before you threw him off his own project. Everything… Someone else designed the box. So how come ten times in a day, I read “Steve Jobs is a genius”? What do you do?
Steve Jobs: I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician. You sit right there. You’re the best in your row.
Steve Wozniak: I came here to clear the air. Do you know why I came here?
Steve Jobs: Didn’t you just answer that?
Steve Wozniak: You had a college and university advisory board telling you they need a powerful workstation for two to three thousand. You’ve priced NeXT at sixty-five hundred. And that doesn’t include the optional three thousand dollar hard drive, which people will discover isn’t optional. Because the optical disk is too weak to do anything. And the twenty-five hundred dollar laser printer brings the total to twelve thousand dollars. And in the entire world, you are the only person who cares that it’s housed in a perfect cube. You’re gonna get killed. And I came here to stand next to you while that happens because that’s what friends do. That’s what men do. I don’t need your pass. We go back, so don’t talk to me like I’m other people. I’m the only one that knows that this guy here is someone you invented. I’m standing by you because that perfect cube that does nothing is about to be the single biggest failure in the history of personal computing.
Steve Jobs: Tell me something else I don’t know.
Joanna Hoffman: You don’t think you’re having a bizarre overreaction to a nineteen-year-old girl allowing her mother to list her own house?
Steve Jobs: She could ‘a tried…
Joanna Hoffman: She’s supposed to stop her mother, that particular mother, from living…
Steve Jobs: She gave Chrisann her blessing to sell the house and she did it to spite me!
Joanna Hoffman: I don’t care if she put a pipe bomb in the water heater! You’re going to fix it, now!
Steve Jobs: She’s been acting weird for months. She’s turned on me.
[Joanna knocks papers onto the floor]
Joanna Hoffman: Fix it.
Steve Jobs: What the…
[she knocks more papers onto the floor]
Joanna Hoffman: Fix it, Steve.
Steve Jobs: Take it easy.
Joanna Hoffman: Fix it or I quit. How about that? I quit, and you never see me again. How about that?
Steve Jobs: Tell me what’s wrong with you this morning.
Joanna Hoffman: What’s been wrong with me for nineteen years. I have been a witness, and I tell you I’ve been complicit. I love you, Steve. You know how much. I love that you don’t care how much money a person makes; you care what they make. But what you make isn’t supposed to be the best part of you. When you’re a father., that’s what’s supposed to be the best part of you. And it’s caused me two decades of agony, Steve, that it is for you the worst. It’s a little thing, it’s a very small thing. Fix it. Fix it now, or you can contact me at my new job working anywhere I want.
Steve Jobs: What if the computer was the most beautiful object, something you want to look at to have in your home? And what if instead of it being in the right hands it was in everyone’s hands?
John Sculley: We’d be talking about the most tectonic shift to the status quo since…
Steve Jobs: Ever.
Total Quotes: 18