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Review: Jobs

A few weeks ago I saw the excellent “Springsteen & I” movie. One of the reviews made the comment “if you’re a fan of Springsteen you will love this movie … but you’ll probably already know most of this stuff”.

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I feel the same way about “Jobs”.

It was a good movie but there was nothing particularly surprising in it for me. I already knew that Steve Jobs wasn’t a particularly nice person, nor was he easy to work with. I knew that he did not originally accept his daughter, Lisa, to be his own. I knew that he screwed some of the original Apple employees when AAPL floated (although I thought Woz looked after them). I knew that he took hallucinogenic drugs. I knew that he screwed Woz over payment for the original Atari game. I knew that they built the first Apple computers in the garage of Jobs’ parents’ house.

But I guess that is the price you pay for being an apple fan boy!

The movie seemed fairly true to what had been written in the authorised Steve Jobs biography. It was also consistent with what I’d read in iCon and iWoz – other books about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

It was enjoyable but not sensational.

I quite liked Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs. I will also thought the kid who played Johnny Ive was sensational – he had the mannerisms and tone of voice down pat.

So I’m glad I’ve seen the movie, but I’m also glad that I didn’t take my wife or others who would only have passing interest in the topic. It just wasn’t that much fun.

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