Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see the new movie, Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender. After reading books about Steve, including his biography by Isaac Watkinson, I had an idea of his character, and his work ethic. I knew a great deal about his family background and how he interacted with them later in life. Knowing all this, I was, honestly, nervous about what Hollywood would might do to his character. After seeing the film, I can say with assurance, they were spot on! The screen play was fantastic, but some of the events didn’t seem to coincide with each other.
Steve Jobs was considered a difficult person to work with; in fact, there was an award that was given to the employee who could “handle” Steve. Jobs was a person who doesn’t like to play by the same rules as others. He had his own little world which was dubbed his “reality distortion field.” He was known for constantly calling his employees names, arguing, and bullying them just because he didn’t get what he wanted. An engineer might have said, “We can’t make that,” but Steve always fired back by either threatening or just arguing with the engineer to “get it done!” Probably, if it hadn’t been for Steve, we might not possess the technology we do today.
Today, Apple refers to their announcements as keynotes or special events, but back in the early days of Apple, these events were called Macworld. In the film three of these events take place, and the happenings prior are illustrated. These announcements were for the Macintosh, the NeXT computer, and the iMac. Each of these events brought about problems with co-workers, family, and friends. Steve Jobs was constantly barraged by Chrisanne Brennan (Katherine Waterson), the woman with whom he had a daughter. He denies being the father. He is asked to help support the single mom and her daughter, and after much wrangling he finally agrees. He had a couple incidents with Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogan) where he refused to recognize a team of engineers for their work on developing the old and outdated Apple II. As typical with a Hollywood film, the characters in the end, as you might say, lived happily ever after.
I’m not completely certain that this film is 100% accurate, but it does a good job at showing Steve’s abilities to deal with a situation, and his ability to handles himself with others. I was surprised that the film divulged the story behind his biological parents and not just his adoptive ones. If you plan to see this film, I would recommend you be tolerant of hearing some pretty foul language. Besides that, it was an outstanding production.
In conclusion, my question for you is derived from the character of Wozniak Can you be a decent human being as well as being an innovative person at the same time? I would love to hear your answers.