Steve Jobs (2015 Film)

Just watched this movie this afternoon, Steve Jobs is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the biography of the same name by Walter Isaacson, as well as interviews conducted by Sorkin, the film is structured into three acts which cover fourteen years (1984–1998 ) in the life of personal computing innovator and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, with each act taking place immediately prior to the launch of a key product – the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT Computer and the iMac G3. Jobs is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels in supporting roles.

Let’s get one point across, I found the film a bit of a bore. I am not criticizing the acting; everyone is excellent in their acting. Fassbender, Rogen, Daniels & Winslet are awesome in their roles. Only thing is I don’t get why they shot all this backstage dialogues and stuff when hardly anyone would want to know about it. A morhre straight forward biopic about Jobs from his college years to his death would have been better in my opinion.

Instead we get these three main events from 1984 to 1998 –  the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT Computer and the iMac G3 and all with his daughter at the event. The other 4 people he converses with are ofcourse Hoffman, Wozniack, Sculley and Andy Hertzfeld. I kept waiting for something more to happen and despite the awesome acting for the cast, nothing much takes place. All I kept getting was Jobs strained relationships with his friend Wozniak, Sculley and Hoffman who is more like his conscience. And ofcourse the ex-girlfriend Chrisann who he initially refuses to support financially and acknowledge that her daughter Lisa is infact his. After bonding with 5 year old Lisa backstage before the 1984 event, he finally agrees to buy a house for Chrisann and support the girl.

Over the years it becomes apparent that Jobs is a broken individual due to the fact that he was put up for adoption, makes him feel that he was rejected, despite Sculley saying that he should look at it as he was chosen by his adoptive parents. Jobs admits that his need for control stems from his feelings of powerlessness in being given up. As the movie ends at the unveiling of the iMac in 1998, he reconciles with Lisa after saying that he is “poorly made”. She joins him backstage as he goes out to thunderous applause. 

I don’t get this film, why show this backstage stuff. Wozniak says that a lot of the stuff in the movie, the conversations never happened added that he felt honored to be portrayed by Rogen and had spoken with him prior to the beginning of production. Wozniak claimed that the film’s scenes between him and Steve Jobs never occurred in reality. Wozniak specifically mentioned that he never requested Jobs to acknowledge the Apple II team onstage, as was shown in the movie. However, he added that Jobs did purportedly show a lack of respect towards the group. When asked about the accuracy of the film’s portrayal of Steve Jobs, Wozniak replied: “In real life, to real people, that’s the way he could be, very sharp, (although) never quite as much as in the movie.” So why chose to make this film?

I dunno, like I said I found it to be boring in a lot of places though I admit the acting is top notch. The story just never went anywhere. I give it a 7 outta 10! On a budget of $30 million the movie made $32.

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