We don’t really learn anything new
If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, there won’t be much in The Man in the Machine that will surprise you. Sure, you’ll see new interviews about Jobs, explore Apple’s complicated (and sometimes shady) tax practices, and be reminded of the struggles of Foxconn—but these are stories that have been told before elsewhere.
The film isn’t about letting us in on Jobs’s secrets. It’s about perspective. It asks interesting questions, yet doesn’t specifically answer them, letting you as an audience member form your own opinion about what made Steve Jobs such an icon.
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