Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, debuted over the weekend at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas.
Financed by CNN Films, the 127-minute doc was described by its maker as delivering a “far more complex interpretation” of Jobs than any of the previous movies depicting the life of Apple’s iconic co-founder.
But what did the press think? Well, the first reviews are out and, while they’re generally strong, they certainly don’t describe a documentary that paints Jobs in a favorable light – or one that contains too many revelations that will be new to anyone who read Jobs’ maligned 2011 biography by Walter Isaacson.
Interestingly enough, this is the same director behind the praised documentary about the criminal organisation ‘scientology’. Moreover, Apple has actually deemed it worthy enough to attack the documentary, claiming it is “inaccurate and mean-spirited”.
A more glowing endorsement has never existed, I would say.