The biopic of the founder of Apple, the late and great Steve Jobs, was warmly welcomed at the Telluride Film Festival. It was a far cry from the previous pathetic effort starring Ashton Kutcher.
Danny Boyle has directed such films as Slumdog Millionaire before. He is known for his candid style. Danny told the audiences at the Telluride Film Festival that they ought not to expect a high degree of realism in the current Steve Jobs biopic.
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Rather it was a rare peek into the mindset of a genius in conflict. The beauty and horror of an adopted child who went on to change the way we see technology forever is captured with elegance in the film.
The movie did not mince words when it came to Steve’s faults and foibles. The man may have been a perfectionist when it came to work and precision, but he lacked empathy in his relationships in real life.
His success was also a sign of his psychopathic nature. Known to park his car in the spaces for the handicapped, Steve Jobs was not a very nice human being.
He was a maniac when it came to his machines which were masterpieces of flawless fantasy. But otherwise he was a monster that ruthlessly exploited others and was a true representation of the “Me” Generation.
His shouting matches with his employees to the point of making them cry; his abandoning of his daughter whom he had fathered from another woman; his remaining dirty and unkempt for days on end so that he stank…such was the man behind the mask.
The actress, Kate Winslet plays a colleague of Steve. And Seth Rogan plays the role of Steve Wozniak, his partner in the enterprise. The movie shows his life just short of his contracting pancreatic cancer.
No doubt, Steve Jobs left a dent in the universe. He had always wanted to stay lean and hungry and wanting more. His perfectionism and impatience with those less intellectually endowed than him left a trail of bad vibes in its wake.
But then that is the price of genius. It has to be paid. The majority of the great men and women were half mad. Such is the logic of creativity. It is a crazy process. Danny Boyle acknowledged at the end of the screening that it was a most difficult film to make.
The film will arrive in theaters on October 9th, 2015. Be sure to see it. It is simply not worth missing!