Steve Jobs (2015) Review

Review by James Maina

Steve Jobs with Lisa
Steve Jobs with Lisa

Hollywood Owes Steve Jobs an Apology

Everyone nowadays knows Steve Jobs, as if he was a popular guy back in his prime. The reality was that this guy was not only NOT popular, he was infamous for his antics. He was the opposite end of Bill Gates. The Steve Jobs movie lies to us implicitly that this was a very popular and likable guy. He wasn’t.

And that is not the only lie in this movie. The events involving his daughter are exaggerated and dragged on for longer that they did in real life. The fights with his colleagues were there, but the same guys never argued at each and every event. Steve got married, yet they don’t even show us his wife or family, just Lisa, his previously undeclared daughter. That fact is a quite an interesting oversight, a calculation to show us one dimension of a man.

For Hollywood to make someone’s life interesting it seems they have to lie. That is a real shame.

The real Steve Jobs, as i remember him, was known for making products with a cult following so consumed by Apple products, everything else was garbage. This simple emotion, the lines of people who thronged Apple Stores to buy the iPhone, the excitement when the iPod was launched, the colours of the iMac, these first customers were the real reason behind apple, and Steve Job’s, success. And not the other way round.

To show the greatness of a leader in terms of war, show us what his army did, what the generals did, and what the civilians did. Then, after you get the full picture, do you conclude that indeed this was a great guy.

A very simple example is Michael Jackson. We know the songs, but the man behind scenes was hidden from public eye..his perfectionist nature, his will to innovate in music and dance, his insistence that everything has to be classy, that every beat must resonate, this was a great guy and his movie This Is It did him justice, by showing us not only the hidden parts of the man we never saw, but showing us the real impact he had with his fans, with people and with the world. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the Steve Jobs 2015 movie.

Michael Fassbender doesn’t try hard to look like Steve Jobs, which is in itself a bad thing. You have to look exactly like Steve Jobs. Exactly. Otherwise you are dishonoring the legacy of someone who wanted nothing but perfection in the smallest of details.

The music is also terrible in the movie. Apple just bought Beats by Dre, they own rights to the Beatles music. Why not use that database and bring us some awesome music soundtrack in the movie? Maybe the reason must have been that Apple was not consulted, otherwise they would have handpicked and correctly chosen the songs for each scene.

It was a shame the movie was made this way, a travesty of summarizing one great man into small events.

Steve Jobs, was, in real life, a great salesman. A customer service freak until he died. A media manipulator. A fervent competitor to anyone who challenged Apple in any form. He was a hardware design genius who understood 1 from 0, and called 0 rubbish to its face – that’s why he fired most engineers. He was a software genius who invented Object Oriented Programming at NEXT. He was a visual genius, under whom he supervised the creation of PIXAR movies that changed a whole animation industry. The iPhone destroyed giant companies Blackberry and Nokia. The iPod destroyed the Walkman. The iPad was a whole new category that destroyed laptops. His ending, the battle with cancer, is arguably the most emotional and inspirational part of Steve Jobs. He launched insanely great products while he was as thin as a stick, battling with his life. And the world loved him for it.

This movie did him a great dis-service and the world – Hollywood especially – owes him an apology.

They should make a Steve Jobs movie focused on one thing and one thing only: The emotions (negative and positive) Steve Jobs brought out from people: family, friends, workmates, customers, suppliers, the public and media.

Rated 3 out of 10

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