Steve Jobs just got a new trailer release, and it is a real life tech thriller. Steve Jobs will get to cinemas in the United States on October 9, before opening internationally. But the film has already impressed critics at film festival screenings.
Not only critics, but Apple legend Steve Wozniak has given his praise. Wozniak cofounded Apple with Jobs, so the gushing of compliments he’s given the film can’t be taken as a light remark. Wozniak was consultant on the film. Though he doesn’t see Steve Jobs as portraying historical accuracy in terms of the way he saw things play out at Apple from his own eyes, he does feel it properly reflects the inner world of Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender, who played the younger Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, plays Jobs. Though a limited number of people have seen early screening of Steve Jobs, Fassbender’s performance already has critics associating his name with future awards. Steve Wozniak is portrayed by The Interview costar Seth Rogen. Steve Jobs’ adversary at Apple, John Sculley, is played by Dumb and Dumber actor Jeff Daniels.
The film is based off the official biography Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. It’s one of a few movies about the Apple cofounder to come out recently, each trying to capture the authenticity of the man who changed the technology industry. But if Wozniak’s words are to be trusted, this movie offers the best representation of Steve Jobs.
In an interview with BBC, Wozniak tells why this film succeeds where others fail.
“In this case the filmmakers have done an award-winning job. The acting was just so realistic. In some prior movies, I saw [the actors] simulating Steve Jobs, but they didn’t really make me feel like I was in his head understanding what was going on inside of him – his personality. This movie absolutely accomplishes that, and it’s due to great acting, which obviously comes from great directing.”
But Steve Jobs’ successor doesn’t see things the same way. In a recent interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tim Cook expressed his dissatisfaction with this and other movies about Steve Jobs.
“The Steve I knew was an amazing human being. He’s someone that you wanted to do your best work [for]. He invented things that I think other people could not. He solved problems other people could not. He had this uncanny ability to see around the corner and to describe a future, not an evolutionary future but a revolutionary future, and he was a joy to work with.”
He also questioned the motives of the filmmakers.
“I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this. It’s not a great part of our world.”
But Steve Wozniak is still very positive about what this movie has to offer, and says that the legends of Steve Jobs’ nasty personality are true, and this movie embodies their expression faithfully.
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