Richard you really hit the nail on the head with this one. Not just with jobs, with almost every biography that Hollywood has ever tried to capture in a movie. As someone who closely followed the work Jobs did at Apple and Pixar, I believe that the only way they could have done justice to his life story would have been by making a Series of his life and not just a 2 hour movie. Getting their facts straight wouldn't have hurt that much either.
The same case applies to the book readers and the fans of that novel. They will never be satisfied with the movie, because they are visualizing all of the story in their mind, in the best way they can. And when they see the actual movie not up to their expectations they are disappointed. Where as, a person who is out of the loop, might enjoy and get fascinated by the movie far more.
It is always like that, a person who knows the person too much in real life will always find problems with the movie. There can never be fact to fact movie based on the real life, its just not possible. Because the director has to add a little drama and spice it up to get more viewership.
This reminds me of the story about the movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney in the role of George M. Cohan. When Cohan saw the movie, he is reported to have said, "That was a great movie. Who was it about?"
@a.saji: Movies are art, and how do you make a law governing art? In America, we have laws to PROTECT artists and their works and the FREEDOM of speech. There is this thing called "Artistic license" (which is not a law OR an actual license), but is a term used to explain why what you see is not always exactly like the real world, but a person's INTERPRETATION as they see it. You don't have to agree with it, but it is what it is. If you want to learn about Steve Jobs from HIS point of view, read his book, where his own slant is put in print. While watching a movie, you need to consider that not everything you see is accurate. Also consider that is is nearly impossible to give a complete rendition of anyone's life in 2 hours.
Films does not do justice to real characters. This is a good example for it. I think there should be a proper law enforced before making films / documentaries based on real characters. Otherwise there will be no justice done most of the time.
Thanks for the review, Rich. What's funny is I read several critics' reviews that implied the treatment in this movie did emphasize what a genius he was, but that the actor's skills were not up to the role. Interesting to see such diversity of interpretation. I also wonder if those of us who were there would see this in a very different way from critics who not only weren't there, but are also not in the industry.
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