Philip Elmer-DeWitt reviews ‘Steve Jobs’ movie: ‘I loved it’

“To say I’ve been looking forward to this movie is an understatement,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes for Fortune.

“Apple is my beat. Aaron Sorkin — whose credits include The West Wing, Moneyball, and The Social Network — is my favorite screenwriter,” P.E.D. writes. “One of my readers counted the number of stories I’ve already written about the project. This will be my 18th.”

“To cut to the chase: I loved it,” P.E.D. writes. “It’s not the hit job the defenders of Jobs’ memory feared.”

“If you care about Apple, it’s a must-see,” P.E.D. writes. “For the rest of you, not so much.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll see it, but the fudging and changing of events and characters for dramatic purposes (having Woz say things he’d never say, insinuating, wrongly, that Apple “stole” the GUI, etc.) are going to grate on us hard, we fear, even as we fully understand the necessity for filmmakers to do so in most cases.

We do find it smirkworthy that the latest official trailer has Kate Winslet’s Joanna Hoffman character say of his daughter Lisa, “You must be able to see that she looks like you,” when Michael Fassbender looks absolutely nothing like Steve Jobs himself.

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Aaron Sorkin blasts Apple’s Tim Cook over ‘Steve Jobs’ critique: ‘You’ve got a lot of nerve’ – September 25, 2015
Kate Winslet on ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic: ‘Sorkin makes it almost not about Steve Jobs at all’ – August 26, 2015
Watch Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in new official trailer – July 1, 2015
See Michael Fassbender as ‘Steve Jobs’ in first movie trailer – May 18, 2015
Universal Pictures announces full cast of ‘Steve Jobs’ as biopic begins shooting – January 28, 2015
Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at Apple co-founder’s childhood home – January 17, 2015
Perla Haney-Jardine to play Lisa Jobs in Universal’s ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – January 6, 2015
Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – December 22, 2014
Jeff Daniels eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – December 9, 2014


  1. Steve Jobs movie(s)? Books? Absolutely worthy of discussion- and here. It’s politics and inflammatory posts related to it, triggering cheap hits while being boldly, unpleasantly divisive, that does way more harm than is informative or of service. I fear that the MSM and movies and biographies of personalities like Jobs may alter how he is perceived by history. I have watched John Lennon being characterized as a saint to presently, in a bizarre PC backlash, being critiqued as a bad husband, father, human being, even a lesser artist that McCartney, who’s still out there croaking at crowds of tone-deaf idol-worshipers who can’t even differentiate between his best and his worst. My point is, the truth is often subjugated to myth and idiot winds.

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