Rewatched Oct 08, 2011
Karl von Randow’s review:
To mark the passing of Steve Jobs a group of 9 of us sat down to watch (or rewatch) Pirates of Silicon Valley. It's an enjoyable but not particularly skilfully delivered.
The film sets out to show how Apple went from the highs of ’84 to the lows of the ’90s, but it is primarily the story of the birth of Apple and the film is wrapped up by ’85.
After watching a film based on a true story I am consistently left disturbed by a feeling that my grip on reality has been damaged. On the reality of the story, that is. Pirates is caricatures of a number of important people, and it's broken to understand their history on the basis of a dramatisation, but that's what a film like this tempts you to do. I guess I need to read another autobiography to get my head straight.
If you're a fan of Apple you'll find something in this film. A fan of Microsoft, probably not so much, although Ballmer has to be seen to be believed.