This past week, August 16, 2013, the Steven Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher was released. I haven't seen it yet but it is supposed to be a serious look at the life of Jobs.
This movie, cleverly titled "iSteve", came out first and is just the opposite. In fact in the closing credits it states plainly that although some of the names used were real people, that "literally everything that happened in this story was totally fake." And further, "Point is this story is fictional. Phoney baloney."
If that had not been clear as the movie unfolded, a certain scene where Jobs is speaking in his trademark turtleneck shirt of his later life, against a totally black background, and his voice grinds to a halt. Then we see him bent over at the waist and a technician comes over, takes a circuit board out of Jobs' back and works on it to get Jobs back to life should have erased all doubt.
Justin Long is iSteve, Steve Jobs, a force of nature in computing starting in the 1970s through virtually the present, although he died in 2011. iSteve gave us such things as the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, things that we can hardly understand how we did without before them.
As a comedy of fake events it takes great liberties with real people and real events and twisting them until they bear no resemblance to the truth. Jobs meeting the guru in India, getting the three LSD dots for when he needed inspiration. Bill Gates meeting his eventual wife in Jobs' garage, then riding off with her, sitting behind her on the bicycle. Jobs' inspiration for Pixar coming from his white desk lamp he almost sold when he needed money. And many more.
Those looking for a serious movie will be disappointed and should not see this. But for those who enjoy the occasional diversion, in what resembles a 75-minute pseudo-SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit, this movie is a lot of fun. Fun just to see how you can take real events and real people and turn it into a twisted, funny story.
SPOILERS: The movie is mostly flashback as Steve Jobs is practicing his talk. As the movie ends he says to us, "You guessed it, this room I am in is actually Heaven."