Steve Jobs (2015)
At the very least, it would have been interesting to get a sense of what makes the Apple brand so special. But besides hints at Steve Jobs’ obsessive attention to detail, it really didn’t reveal itself to me. Instead we get a classic redemption narrative that is much less interesting than screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s previous portrayal of a tech “genius”, The Social Network.
The movie starts out with the titular Steve Jobs acting like a giant human turd, and ends with him finally becoming the revered father figure to his daughter that he’s been to tech nerds all along. How does this development happen? Well, we’ll never know, because all this movie shows us is the same cycle of hollow events, over and over again:
Steve launches a new product, fights with his colleagues, friends and the mother of his child, acts incredibly cruel, and then moves on to something else. Repeat. From each time period to the next, there is little evolution in the characters or the conflicts. Unless, of course, I missed something because I got bored halfway through and started playing with my iPhone.