Steve Jobs has been many things to many people.
But until I made it to the theater yesterday to see “Jobs,” I never really thought of him as entertainment.
I actually mean this in a positive way. Unless we’re talking about documentaries playing in art houses, movies aren’t expected to lay out the facts. They’re designed to keep us amused or engrossed for a couple of hours.
For me, this one did that.
Admittedly, I took my seat with a few biases and preconceptions — some of which hit me when the project was first announced. Lightweight actor. Director with short resume. Screenwriter with no resume. An absurd title (originally called “jOBS). And a horribly written website to boot. It all seemed amateurish, being rushed into production upon Steve’s death.
Several months ago, I got an early opinion from a former Apple executive who’d been invited to an advance screening. He was surprised that Ashton had done such a good job, even though he felt that the screenplay made Steve too one-dimensional. He pronounced the movie “fun and entertaining.” Continue reading →