What's more important in life, making your vision come true or loving the people around you? That seems to be the central theme of this work, which constantly places Steve Jobs in the back room of his latest press event. While there, they paint an unvarnished picture of a man who many probably think was one of the great inventors of our time as, but who was more like a P. T. Barnum type of figure. This might be a shock for people who have deified this man and believe things like he invented the mouse and the personal computer.
While I find it interesting that they have chosen to demythologize this famous figure, the movie itself has a few drawbacks. The movie itself is kind of more like a play than a movie since the settings rarely change. At times it's engrossing, but other times - since the movie is mostly dialogue driven - the dialogue can seem a little long (like the time he and his secretary are arguing about the house).
Another drawback is the conciliatory attempts of trying to make the movie seem a little more balanced regarding his personality. Throughout the movie, they paint him as tyrannical and almost devoid of feeling, but at the end try to slip in a little humanity in his character. It just felt out of place given the tone they struck throughout the movie.
I don't think Seth Rogan was a good choice for Steve Wozniak. I just have such an association with him as the character he usually plays, that I couldn't see him in this role. The director went with an unconventional choice for his main character, why didn't he do the same for the Steve Wozniak role?
It wasn't about computers; it was about the man. Although I applaud this choice in a way, because it could have quickly devolved into another feel good success story, I think showing the evolution of computers could have added a little bit of spice to the story and made it less of a one-note stage play.
All-in-all, I liked the movie. It was thought provoking and an interesting look at this famous man's life. Be warned, if you're the type of person who thinks this is a movie that heaps praise of the title character, you're in for a big surprise.