Since the death of Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs, several documentaries, specials, and full Hollywood films have come out in an attempt to tell the man’s story. Recently director Danny Boyle took a crack at it and was received positively by critics and fans alike. Showing a far more aggressive, rude, and generally hostile Steve Jobs, it was a take that could certainly turn a few heads… and it did. Specifically Ed Catmull who is the president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
In an interview with Hollywood reporter, Catmull expressed his thoughts on how the real Steve jobs would view this movie. “I think he’d be appalled. And they actually can’t tell the story because the story’s wrong. He went through an arc in his life. There was a time the way he worked with people was not good, and I saw that when I first worked with him. But people look at that dramatic part, and they” make a movie about that – and that’s not a story.”
Catmull went on to explain that Job’s life was akin to a classic hero’s journey stating, “He’s wandering in the wilderness, he’s working with NeXT, it’s not working. He’s working with Pixar, we’re failing. In that process, Steve learned some major lessons, and he changed. He became an empathetic person, and we all saw this when [the Walter Isaacson book] was being written.”
It’s hard to say if the Steve Jobs movie is the most accurate portrayal of the man or what he himself would think of it. His life was surrounded by conflict and major changes. The dramatics of it all may not have been as exaggerated as was depicted in the film. Sadly, Steve Jobs failed to find financial success in the box office, only making around $ 17 million in total.
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A recent graduate of Arcadia University, Collin MacGregor is a freelance video editor and writer. He covers video games, television, and film for The Nerd Stash. Collin currently is the head film/television reviewer for the site.