Steve Jobs changed the world, and by all accounts he was a myopic, ego-maniac that did not have the social skills to play nice with others.
The computer pioneer that took Apple to the depths before making it one of the most successful companies in the world is the subject of a new Aaron Sorkin script based on the best-selling book by Walter Isaacson. It’s a hit in the mode of the highly successful “The Social Network.”
From those who knew Jobs himself, the movie is not accurate. Sorkin took a load of liberties to tell this story. It is, however, highly entertaining.
“Steve Jobs” is a fascinating painting of a man that indeed did change the world. The second movie about Steve Jobs will litter the Academy Awards next spring - bet big that the following will receive Oscar nods:
* Michael Fassbender for Best Actor. According to one former Apple employee Steve Wozniak, who is played in the movie by Seth Rogen, Fassbender nailed Wozniak’s former colleague. Fassbender dominates the screen.
* Danny Boyle for Best Director. He constructed a fast-paced, dialogue-driven movie that feels like 30 minutes but lasts two hours.
* Kate Winslet for Best Supporting Actress. She plays Jobs’ life long, loyal confidant, Joanna Hoffman. Winslet is a ball of anxiety that is one of the few people that can give to Jobs with no fear.
* Aaron Sorkin for Best Screenplay Adaptation. This is Sorkin at his finest - fast, quick witted and intense dialogue. His screenplay is not directly lifted from Isaacson’s book, but he delivered another witty-film.
The movie features only three “scenes”: A beginning, a middle and an end - to tell the story of Jobs at Apple. As a backdrop, it uses the product launches of three Jobs’ creations in less than a 20-year span, including the unveiling of the IMac, and the genesis to create the product that would move Apple well past Microsoft - the IPod.
Similar to “The Social Network”, the movie is a story behind the story of products that revolutionized computers, our world, and is a nice walk through the latter half of the 20th century. So much of what we take for granted now was created by Jobs and his associates in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
This is an Apple/Jobs movie. There is no talk of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen or Microsoft.
Fassbender portrays Jobs as a relentless creative genius that did not believe the customer was always right but rather he was smart enough to tell the customer what they needed. Apple’s rise to the top of the computer food chain was ugly, and at one point included Jobs’ firing by former Apple CEO John Sculley, played so well by the reliable Jeff Daniels.
Sorkin tries to weave in Jobs’ complicated personal life, from his own adoption to his strained relationship with a daughter and her mother from a brief relationship. That’s when the human side, however limited, of Jobs eventually is fleshed out and you can appreciate this man as a deeply conflicted but exceptionally bright man.
This movie is not as historically accurate as Sorkin’s “The Social Network”; if you want a history lesson, read Isaacson’s book. If you want an entertaining story about the visionary behind Apple, “Steve Jobs” delivers.