“JOBS”–A New Film Report
JOBS—A New Film Report
Dear Esteemed Visitor,
EVER HEARD OF STEVE JOBS?
Everybody has heard of Steve Jobs and Apple. It’s a story of genius and the beginnings of personal computers. Certainly it provides a true glimpse into how hard it was to promote something the world didn’t know it needed yet. The film, JOBS, surely tells this story with fairness and a sense of accuracy. Of course, as everyone knows, what goes on in the lives of people–what they say, feel and think– can never be known to the rest of us. But what they do and how things work out– thanks to their efforts– are matters of record.
ASHTON KUTCHER PLAYS JOBS!
Combining what’s known and what’s not was the challenge Ashton Kutcher had, portraying the spirit and goals of Steve Jobs. Just as Jobs felt that what he invented showed not only what it was but also what it represented, so –I believe– Kutcher showed not only who Steve Jobs was but what he represented. And that was no small task.
JOBS WAS THE PIONEER!
Jobs’ vision went far beyond what people thought they needed– to where he could see what– with his products– they’d one day need. (Imagine how hard it was to sell such products— publicizing them at the start.) But Jobs had a way of leading folks to their needs.
JOBS NEEDED SOME PARTNERS!
Yet no man can accomplish large creative goals himself. He must gather others to give him a hand, in both the creation as well as the financing of them. Jobs found one guy, Steve Wozniak– played by Josh Gad– who touched me several times with his deep-seated love for Steve Jobs as well as his utter scorn for Jobs’ lack of plain humanity– dealing with folks. He revered the man’s mind and passion for his goals, but simply stood back in disgust at what he saw to be Jobs’ shallowness of heart. In the end, Steve Wozniak leaves– reflecting on how far they had come from that small garage where their first computers originated from.
HIS VISION NEVER DIMMED!
Then, there’s Mike Markkola, Jobs’ first backer, financially, who was attracted to Jobs’ rare foresightedness. Mike became part of the Jobs’ team. But after being with Jobs many years—heading up Apple and benefitting boldly from the great wealth amassed by its success, Markkola, too, found himself on the outs with the vision that Steve Jobs still nurtured. Markkola is played by Dermot Mulroney, who shows well the quandary that a rational man experienced in the presence of an inscrutable genius.
I AM ALWAYS AMAZED!
I am always amazed at the complexity of the giant human beings. You’d think they would have so much more satisfaction in life— with all of the good they have bestowed on the rest of us. You see them with their large empire of working folk—commingling here and there—building, almost daily, projects no one’s yet imagined– and living their lives with comforts most of us would enjoy. Yet their souls are restless. They seem no more–maybe less—glad for their good fortune than hobos riding the rails. Nature has brought so much goodness to one part of their selves— but in the process seems to have left them bare somewhere else. In the eyes of those who are closest to them, they’re like lopsided monstrosities.
FOR NOW, THIS ONE WILL DO!
Although this film is not first-rate or that well-done, it certainly confronts us with the realization that men like Steve Jobs can both be revered and sorrowed for. There are probably ten more movies that could be made of Steve Jobs, and none find the essence of his life— but, for now, this one will do.
A PLAIN SIX WITH A PLUS!
As far as a rating, I would be inclined to give it a PLAIN SIX with a PLUS. Even so it won’t waste your time.
Humbler Acts, creator of THE WIZARD’S OUTRAGEOUS SCHEME FOR STOPPING SMOKING, reports one film every week as a relaxation from his speaking and writing on stopping smoking through dream use and Seven Forces. He’s American, English-educated, residing in St. Louis, MO (USA). He can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 314-574-7681.
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