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The Story Behind the Man in the Turtleneck Gets Told in the Movie Launch of the Century

posted Mar 28, 2016, 7:51 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted November 2nd, 2015

The movie Steve Jobs is about the career and personal life of Steve Jobs who is played by Michael Fassbender. The movie talks about Jobs being hired by Apple, then getting fired, and then eventually being rehired. But there’s more to the movie than just that. The movie also highlights the personal life of Steve Jobs, during the court case between him and his ex-girlfriend over their possible child.

The movie is set up so that at the beginning, middle, and end of the movie there is always a launch for one of Steve’s new computer products. At the beginning, with the launch of the Macintosh, the viewers see only the behind the scenes before the launch. This is where we  meet the different people in Steve’s life like Joanna, Steve’s secretary (played by Kate Winslet) and Steve’s friends. Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen), John Sculley (played by Jeff Daniels), and Andy Hertzfeld (played by Michael Stuhlbarg). We also witness the strain put on the relationship between Steve’s ex-girlfriend, Chrisann (played by Katherine Waterston) and his daughter, Lisa (played by Makenzie Moss) because Jobs is ordered to pay child support for a daughter he “claims” isn’t his.

The movie then shows news reports on Steve Jobs getting fired from Apple and Jobs making his own company named NeXT. The movie then goes to the launch of the NeXT computer where Steve is again visited by his friends and his daughter Lisa. With every visit from Steve’s friends we are shown the truths behind Steve’s friendships and how Steve got fired through the conversations and actions of the characters. The truth behind Steve’s firing is show in flashbacks when Steve talks to John Sculley. Since the Macintosh failed, Sulley was forced by the Apple Board of Directors to fire Steve. At this launch, the viewer is also shown more about Steve’s relationship with Lisa and her home life with her mom.

From there we see the crash of the Apple Corporation and the firing of John Sculley, which leads to the Apple Corp. buying the NeXT company. This allows Steve Jobs to return as the CEO of the Apple Corporation. In the conclusion of the film, we see the launch of the iMac, and with that we see all of Steve’s relationships go full circle.

Steve Jobs is a movie that shows Steve Jobs for who he truly was, which was a very controlling, egocentric, tyrant of a man that thought he was the smartest of the human race.  The actors did an excellent job in portraying these people accurately. Steve Jobs is a very good documentary on a man who was depicted differently in the media than who he truly was in real life until now.