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Imaginative, uncompromising, “memorably monstrous“—Steve Jobs has been called all these things, and based on the new trailer released today, the upcoming biopic will capture all of these facets and more.


In this second trailer released for the film, Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) is in heated conversations—with his business partner and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), with former girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston), with his “work wife” Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet). For the first minute of the trailer, the dark sides of the screen become larger and larger, like the walls are closing in on Jobs, as The Verge points out.

The portrait of Jobs as a difficult but brilliant man is apt. He was unrelenting in his desire for perfection, and as a result pushed his employees to engineer groundbreaking and elegantly designed systems. For those of us who didn’t work at Apple during his tenure, that ruthless drive was probably worth it—because of that work, we have personal computers and smartphones and tablets. But that doesn’t mean he was pleasant to work with.

The film’s focus on Jobs’ complex humanity may save it from some of the criticisms that befell the 2013 biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, which bombed at the box office and was panned by some critics for focusing too much on the company than on Jobs himself. Based on the trailers, this year’s film won’t likely fall into the same trap.

Those who knew Jobs best have been positive about the film so far. Steve Wozniak told BBC News:

Steve Jobs will be in theaters everywhere October 23.