Eden Chen

The Steve Jobs Movie Was a Massive Failure

Eden Chen October 23, 2015

The Steve Jobs Movie Was a Massive Failure

Almost every week I go watch a movie. I love movies. It’s one of the few times in my week where I’m able to disconnect from work and fully engage myself in another experience. In many ways watching movies is therapeutic. Ironically, some of my greatest thoughts on work come when I’m not thinking about work but that’s a post for another day.

I had high hopes for the Steve Jobs movie because of Aaron Sorkin’s body of work, especially with his work on the Social Network movie. It was hugely disappointing that David Fincher didn’t sign on to direct with him.

I wasn’t going to write this because I think sitting on my high horse and criticizing things can be counter-productive but after reading how good the majority of reviews were and after speaking to James Vincent, who worked daily with Steve Jobs as the head of Media Arts Lab for 12 years about it I had to write something.

I’ll start with the last scene of the movie, which was the nail in the coffin for me. The scene was a superficial reconciliation between Jobs and his daughter and it almost felt like the movie was making a last ditch apology for the last 2 hours. I really felt that Steve Jobs was rolling in his grave with the cheese ball pop song that was playing in the background and the heinous camera work going back and forth between Jobs and his daughter.

Overall, the film oversimplified its characterization of every human, no less the complicated figures involved — Steve Wozniak was the jolly, loyal friend that constantly got stabbed by Jobs, Andy Hertzfeld was the caring, surrogate father, that was always at fault, and Steve Jobs was the genius, unsympathetic, artistic one. The amazing acting in the film only reiterates how awful the movie really was.

At the end of the film, I felt no emotion. Just confusion. How could one of the most inspiring figures of the 21st century, have a movie that was so completely uninspiring? Why was the majority of the movie about his horrible relationships with his daughter and the Pepsi CEO that no one remembers?

Steve Jobs simultaneously became famous and infamous because he was so good at channeling all his efforts on changing the world and ignoring what he believed to be trivial. The movie focused on what was trivial and missed the point.

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