Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
There’s something great about producer Allison Hord and writer/director Ryan Perez admitting that iSteve, their “feature film” about Steve Jobs that was written in three days and filmed in five, is really just sourced from Jobs’ WikiPedia page.
The biopic is a particular film structure that is suspect at best and often totally full of hot air. We’ve seen a great many biopics that claim to be authoritative, but which either obviously or deceptively deviate from reality. Here, it’s like Hord and Perez have just cut out all the pretense towards making a film that is perfectly representative of the subject, and made something that exploits the subject for its own ends. Which is what many other films do without being so up front about it. And as Perez said a while back, “We might not be the best, but we will be the first.”
That iSteve stars Justin Long, the face of Apple from an instant-classic set of commercials, is icing on the cake. So now we can get to the question: is iSteve any good? It doesn’t have the quick zing of most of Funny or Die’s content — at almost 80 minutes it simply can’t — but there are good bits. It only takes a couple minutes for iSteve to turn completely ridiculous, making it clear that this is a biopic parody more than anything else. Read More »