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The Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie: Can A Man who loves Product Launches admit he launched a Daughter?

October 31, 2015

My basic view of Steve Jobs is he grew up as a brat and died a brat’s death. He always thought he was a different human being, whether it meant never having a license plate on his car, parking in handicapped areas, or thinking if he ate grains he would reduce his tumor instead of getting an operation and submitting to chemotherapy.

We all know how that turned out.

And the people who revered him had one thing in common: they were making money because of him.

Okay, back to the movie. Actually, it was really a play. A three-act play. And there were times it was gripping, but then I actually got sleepy. And I realized why. The film is almost all interiors, meaning I felt like I was at work in an office watching this movie. It’s claustrophobic. If that’s hermetic feel is what the filmmaker wants fine. But every segment was connected to a new product launch. It was like paying to sit in an office and watch people work. I wanted to get out! Really, what you’re seeing is basically people at work. They’re arguing about products and presentations.

Woz (played by Seth Rogan, who doesn’t even capture the nerdy and dumpy segway-driving Woz.) The saint-like Woz character, who could easily have been a in monk’s robe, keeps popping up like Jacob Marley, attempting to be Job’s conscience, lecturing him on his limitations, his failure, etc. And his main prosecutor and defense attorney is played by Kate Winslet, who plays Joanna Hoffman, his intellectual butler, who throughout the movie is a type of dictatorial maternal and sexless gender-challenge executive. Then there’s the paternal, CEO-centerfold for any suits ego, Jeff Daniels playing John Scully, who is a father figure.. It’s like a Greek chorus line–actually a Geek chorus line, haunting and circling Jobs.

This glorification of geeks changing the world is similar to movies that glorify the lives of gangsters–I mean, yeah it;s about making money right.

This film based on Walter Issacson’s book really could have been a play, and at times a morality play.The biopic is myopic. The book never mentions how Apple succeeded with government support. Funny how those against socialism don’t mind it when government backs businesses and bails out banks. Yeah, its okay for tax-payers to support that but not health care. Duh.

The basic drama:

 Steve Jobs become a Dad while “changing the world.”

The movie’s basic drama is can a guy who does product launches, deal with the one product launch he physically created: his daughter Lisa. His first beta version of humanity. The child who named after a computer, long before he acknowledged his paternity as the Dad. Interesting  enough, Lisa’s mother, and Job’s first said “More than anything, I wanted Steve to just talk to me so we could make a decision together. Instead, he blamed me as if it were mine alone. At one point, well into the pregnancy, he told me he felt like I was stealing his genes. Apple was taking off and he had begun to think of himself as a high-end commodity. He lacked the basics of emotional intelligence, much less a real conscience. He was somehow just blank and theoretical.” While  Jobs was living the life of a millionaire, she was raising Lisa and living on welfare payments were $384 a month and the rent was $225.

What’s funny is Apple people will say, “Okay,I’ll give you that one.” But not admit that’s part of the man’s character. They dismiss it.

Whew! Interesting enough that people affect by his life have a harsher view, than those who had a working relationship (Those who made money defend him, and surprise, those who got burned don’t). Woz, the Garfunkle to Jobs, liked the movie. He’s seen it three times. But for him, as well as some Appl;e employees,  it’s kinda their American Graffiti: Asberger’s nostalgia

As a cancer survivor, I remember being at on MacWorld and seeing Jobs make a presentation, and when he talked about his family, his voice slight caught in his throat, and then and there I said, this guy still has cancer. It was a creature feeling. And I was right. And I’ve read the book, and the sad thing is I always believe everyone should get a second act. My Mom died from cancer and my Dad from a botched operation, but both had drinking issues, and I knew what they were like before their problems, and I like to think they would have become better people. And with Jobs, I feel the same way. He didn’t get a second act. There should have been a death scene in the movie, a more transformed Jobs. He did show he wasn’t a beast when he turned down Tim Cook’s offer to have part of his liver removed to give to Jobs, who shook his head and said he couldn’t allow that–a monster, say in the spirit of the infamous Joe McCarthy’s legal siudekick. Roy Cohn, who have taken up the offer. So something happened the that made Jobs a better person. Oddly, its being sued over a shark picture used in the picture, which was done in one of the Apple presentations, but wasn’t licensed for the film by the photographer.

Apple people are walking around defending him. That’s not our Steve. And they’re a cult, so who cares? Yeah, some saint, hire workers from other countries, then assemble the iPhone in other countries and bring it to us, on the grounds it would be too expensive to develop iPhones here. Fine, then why is the phone $600? Because the money goes to the top, instead of building jobs here. Sorry, just because you make good products doesn’t mean I have to respect how you make them. Apple employees who’s bank accounts have grazed in Job’s Kool-Aid say anyone who talks about their Leader is “opportunistic.” But somehow they’re not. Even Sorkin said, “If you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic. One criticism of the film say it “deviates from reality”–well, so did Jobs!

‘The bottom line:

 People rapidly talk about his life and view, and in a confrontational; way, It’s like Jobs is in a witness box, and everyone is cross-examing him like a prosecutor about the crime of his personality.

The verdict: Guilty.

Jobs died because of himself.

 

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