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IN SHORT: A portrait of a man who believed himself to be god. [Rated R for language. 122 minutes]
It is not considered polite to speak ill of the dead but we've been working on computers and involved in businesses utilizing computers for us not to. We learned to write in Basic (the first computer language) back in 1971. We had to share time to get programs run while in college in the middle 1970s. We learned to write on a PC using WordPerfect software. We didn't particularly care which computer system to use when the 1980s turned and we needed skills to work. Business used PCs because Apple machines cost too damned much.
What is left out of Steve Jobs isn't really left out. It is just suggested that all he brought to Apple was a concept of what a computer should look like and do; that it just took technology 20 years to catch up with his vision. What isn't mentioned (and I'm not sure where it comes in the chronology of the company, though this event is mentioned in the film . . .) is that Microsoft pumped a whole lot of money ($350 millions, if my memory holds) into Apple to keep the company afloat. The MS-DOS operating system needed Apple (whether II or Mac or whatever) to survive because if it didn't, the PC would be subject to all sorts of anti-trust laws the Federal government has in place.
Steve Jobs doesn't drop that detail into its story of who saved Apple and engineered that bail out. It continues to puff the idea that the man Steve Jobs was his company's god. The better definition, one which you can easily get from this film is that Jobs was a megalomaniac who would get damned lucky thanks to the MP3 format which allows you to keep 500 songs in your pocket.
Now that we're back to talking abut a film, we give props to the film for not buffing up the brand to make Jobs look like more than the maniac that won a devoted (sic) following, not only from those who bought Apple products but from those that worked with him. Featured in this film are his long-term publicist and equally long-term friend or foe, Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen). Wozniak built the circuit board on which Apple II built a company. The real Woz may be better known for occasional guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory (though I may have seen too many repeats of his appearance <g>) and John Scully (Jeff Daniels) the CEO of Apple who has born the label "Man who Fired Steve Jobs" long enough that clearing up the how and why behind that severance takes up a small part of this film.
If we make it sound like you need a tech-head to enjoy Steve Jobs, sorry. Scraping away at the godhead are the woman and child annoyingly screaming for money and attention (as in "You are worth $400 million dollars. I just filed for welfare!") . That Jobs apparently did his best to destroy any possible relationship with his child -- the courts said it was his child. He doesn't acknowledge the fact until the film is nearly over, as is the possibility of a relationship with the child. There's another subplot at work in this film about this point. We're not giving anything away.
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Steve Jobs, he would have paid . . .
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