Movie review – The rotten apple


Steve Jobs

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet


Here’s a fun fact about the late Apple co-founder and tech icon Steve Jobs: when his first child, Lisa, was born, Jobs told her mother, Chrisann Brennan, that he was not the father.

Desperate, and on state social support, Chrisann had to get a court order to force Jobs to get a paternity test, which proved that he was indeed the father. The court ordered Jobs to pay maintenance of $500 a month.

At that time, Jobs was worth $200 million (R3 billion at the current exchange rate).

The fact that Jobs was, by all accounts, a jerk is something that many Apple enthusiasts seem to forget when they’re spewing their love for the man. When he died in October 2011, much of the world went into mourning.

And, yes, he helped develop good-looking personal computers, phones and digital music players, but by no means was he a nice man.

In Steve Jobs, director Danny Boyle has managed to capture the dichotomy of the man, and Michael Fassbender is brilliant in this biopic as the single-minded individual who didn’t mind trampling on people to get to the top.

I loved this movie, but it didn’t make me love the man it’s about. Watch it for an insight into success, power and ego.

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