Naturally many people have asked my opinion about the Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin movie that tried to sum up the man’s life in two hours and two minutes. In addition to being an Apple enthusiast I am also a movie buff, so of course I saw it when it came out. It is in the news again this week with two Golden Globe wins and two Oscar nominations.
The problem with the movie is that a lot of it is fiction. We’re sure of that. Some of the things that happen in the movie were shifted in time to make it seem like they were happening right before major Apple announcements. Like, minutes before, with people that weren’t really there. In reality, those events were stretched out over years and in different places. I doubt that Jobs really did much in the minutes leading up to his talks other than go over his notes. And according to some of the real people that are portrayed in the movie, lots of things were simply fabricated. I hate to think of all of the people who saw the movie who didn’t get realize that the script is fiction.
So we are starting to get knee-deep in Steve Jobs stories that contradict each other. Which is already leaving people wondering what really happened and what was he really like.
I think a lot of people are going with the Walter Isaacson book as the closest to truth. But I’m not so sure. I think Isaacson is an honest biographer, but ome of his interviewees may have gotten a bit creative with their stories.
For me, I’ll go with Steve Wozniak’s book, iWoz from 2006. Of course this is a book about Wozniak’s life, and a good book at that. But Jobs is a prominent character as you can imagine. And many of the most famous stories are recounted in iWoz. Since Jobs never wrote a book himself, I take Wozniak’s writing to be the most definitive. Go check it out if you haven’t already.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? Did you read Isaacson’s book? Or Wozniak’s?