Movie Review: Steve Jobs

By: Peneflix

Documentarian, Alex Gibney’sbrazen honesty and prescience, gifts viewers the “good, bad, and ugly” dimensions of Steve Jobs; “adopted visionary”, iconoclastic, unconventional genius, a man whose passing was mourned globally (1956-2011). Since his death, his aura has exceeded mythic proportions. An exceptional man whose ambition and lust for technological advancement has changed the world and how we thrive in it .

Gibney leaves no “story”, genealogy, friendships (business and personal), untouched. His petty and egregious treatment of business partner, Steve Wozniakand Chrisann Brennan who gave him his first child “Lisa”. His megalomania cost him his ouster from “Apple” in 1985, returning “Phoenixlike’’ in 1996, hence the birth of iTunes, iPods, iPods, iPhone, improved Mac. Jobs was infallible, a “Magic Midas”, a new age phenomenon.

We have been bludgeoned, and inundated with “Jobs” intellectual, filmic paraphernalia such as: Walter Isaaacson’s weighty biography “Steve Jobs”, Ashton’s Kutcher’ssurprisingly profound portrayal in the 2013 “Jobs” movie, the upcoming Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle collaboration, starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic enigma. It was with trepidation that I watched Gibney’s documentary, but I was instantly fascinated, listening to those who knew the man, loved and shunned him, his lifetime flirtation with Zen, Japan and his guru, his immoral tactics, abuse of Chinese workers, back-dating stock options, tax shelters, his blindness to laws he felt inapplicable to his mightiness, the absence of a philanthropic gene, an anomaly, impenetrably problematic.

Gibney’s core quest as to the “why” of Job’s consolidation of man’s empathy, and perpetual grief at his passing. Possibly because he informs our success, and accessibility in today’s world. We clutch, and embrace him with our hands, ears and eyes. A unique intimacy, a connectedness never before experienced. Jobs, the man and the machine, inseparable.

Steve Jobs, although pivotal in his creativeness, was just a man, flawed, tortured, unable to transform his love of Zen to mankind. His search for inner peace, lacked the power, and electricity to touch his heart. A travesty secondary to, as Nicolas Rapold states, “the cultural technological landscape” he leaves in perpetuity.

FOUR & 1/2 STARS!!!!

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Author: Peneflix