Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs died in 2011, after building up an innovative computer empire from scratch, despite numerous setbacks.
Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin try to be innovative as well in their movie Steve Jobs by framing Jobs’ whole life within the moments before three crucial product launches. The film is an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book of the same name. These three events provide an opportunity for flashbacks, arguments and reminiscences.
The film in a way tries to be Citizen Kane, but without the “rosebud” mystery. Jobs and Kane (a fictional version of media mogul William Randolph Hearst) were both figures who built economic empires, but came from humble beginnings that deeply affected their development as human beings.
Both films rely on a rigid structure to allow for flashbacks and interpolated stories that create a diverse picture of a complex character. But without the mystery, there is little to grab people who aren’t already die-hard Apple fanboys or fangirls.
(Still of Kate Winslet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. Photo by Francois Duhamel – © Universal Pictures)