I was shocked at the number of disinterested people I encountered when talking about the recent “Jobs” movie.
It appears I grossly overestimated the percentage of folks who would share in my obsession for stories about eccentric genius innovators who put a dent in the universe. This baffles me…
I’ll admit I have a rather unusual fixation on autobiographical stories involving egocentric millionaire maniacs, BUT, considering Jobs’ impact on, well, THE WORLD, I really felt this film would be a tad better received, especially amongst the main consumers of his mighty empire.
I’ve read more than a couple negative reviews, but what’s more disturbing is that a majority of the world just seems aloof to the fact this movie even exists.
When I found out the film was being released, I was more than excited for it. In fact, I couldn’t fucking wait. I was at the beach with my family, and the night it came out I announced my plans for the evening. Only two members of the Wilson clan volunteered to accompany me, which I brushed off as no big deal since most of the brood were either sunburnt or hungover. (Me included…)
However, when the three of us arrived at the theatre almost 10 minutes late, we were shocked to learn that there were only two additional people in the entire movie theatre. Two additional people!
What other movie could anyone possibly want to see this evening? 2 Guns? Elysium? We’re the Millers?? It suddenly dawned on me that the two other members of my family that had anxiously came along with me to see the Jobs movie were also CEO’s of their own companies, both having very inventive minds and self propelled visions in their own respective companies. I silently wondered if the two people sitting ten rows behind us were business owners as well.
The good news is we were able to score pretty awesome seats. 🙂
So anyway, on to my Jobs movie review:
It was fucking awesome.
It had me captivated from the opening credits till now. I was enthralled with his story, not just because he invented, well, Apple, but because he had a mysterious artist appeal that eerily resembled that of a troubled rockstar. His creative genius, mixed with the typical mommy/daddy issues, led him down a somewhat dark and melancholy path indeed, and this “darkness” is what fueled him to ironically create a light for all mankind…
Now, I’m in no way an expert on the fundamentals of acting, but in my humble opinion, Ashton Kutcher did a fantastic job with this role. He managed to authentically portray Steve Jobs as the bizarre nonconformist he was. He couldn’t seem to knock the painfully handsome thing, but that’s a God-given curse that Kutcher must contend with on his lifelong journey, I s’pose….
ANYWAY, the movie….yeah, so I liked it. I felt myself empathizing with him during several occasions, specifically when he was frustratingly unsuccessful at communicating his vision to others. I can sorta relate to that (on a ridiculously smaller scale, of course). From the very beginning, he had a clear visualization about what Apple was going to be. He lived it, felt it, dreamed it…he saw the impossible before anyone else, and this can be extremely frustrating to a creative innovator like Jobs because what was so commonplace to him was completely foreign and unheard of to just about everyone else.
Imagine explaining what the color blue looks like to a blind person. Now imagine describing it using only half the alphabet. I am guessing this would’ve been easier than explaining what Apple was going to be back in the 70’s…but Steve knew. He knew all along. And it’s never fun being the only person who understands something so profound.
Steve Jobs was an asshole. He was paranoid, anxious, and exhausting. He was a perfectionist and a micro manager. He was a reclusive loner who built walls around his heart while launching missiles from his brain, but that’s what most people choose to see in someone who is on a level that they would never understand. It makes it easier to accept our own mediocrity if we condemn those who have accomplished greatness.
I see Jobs in a different light. I see someone who was tortured from a dark past, someone with aspirations that went way beyond anything of monetary value. He was driven, obsessive, determined, and extreme. He was a true visionary, but more importantly he just wanted to share his dream with the world. This is a frustrating task when the world has no idea what the hell you’re talking about.
Even down to him giving up rights to see his daughter (which he later made amends with), it all stemmed from fear of loss and an obsessive dedication to leaving a mark on the world. If you recall the story of Achilles in ancient Greek mythology, you might remember the speech his mother gives him when he goes to Troy. She says, “If you stay here, you will find peace. You will find a wonderful woman. You will have sons and daughters and grandchildren, and they will love you. When you are gone, they will remember you. But, when your children are dead and their children after them…your namewill be lost. If you go to Troy, glory will be yours. They will write stories about you and all of your victories for years to come. The world will remember your name…”
Steve Jobs knew this, and not because he read the Iliad and the Odyssey. It’s because he knew, deep down, that in order for him to accomplish something of such great magnitude that it would put a dent in the universe and change mankind as we know it, sacrifices had to be made.
I, for one, am thankful for the determination and tenacity Steve Jobs put forth in cultivating his dream. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently….
Here’s to you, Steve Jobs.
Founder/CEO/Self-Professed Apple Lover