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My Review Of The Movie “Jobs”

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Seen any bad movies lately?

I have.

Last week, I attended an event in New York City with 120 of the world’s top entrepreneurs. It was extremely motivating and energizing (and hugely profitable!) to spend two days with the likes of Jay Abraham, Tim Ferriss, Peter Diamandis and other brilliant business leaders from around the world.

My friend Steve Sims, CEO of the world’s #1 luxury travel company Bluefish, arranged for us to see a sneak preview of the movie “Jobs” the night before its official release to the public.

This seemed to be a perfect fit for our group after two full days of connecting, brainstorming and sharing a considerable amount of business- and life-changing information, since it was a “biopic” about perhaps the greatest entrepreneur of our time: the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and Pixar.

We walked a short two blocks from the site of the event to a Times Square movie theater for our private screening, all abuzz with excitement about what we were about to experience.

But then they showed the movie.

First, let me say that I thought the acting was good. And I also thought they did a super job of taking us back to the 70’s. It was a blast seeing all of the cars, fashion and hairdo’s of the day, and brought back all kinds of fun memories for me.

But it just wasn’t fun watching the movie itself.

All I kept thinking during the whole thing was, “Wow. This HAD to be made by someone who doesn’t know or like entrepreneurs in general, and Steve Jobs in particular.”

All entrepreneurs experience more downs than ups, in both our business and personal lives. We’re all living, breathing examples of the saying, “You must fail your way to success.”

So if you put together a chronological history of our lives, treating every event as if it were equally important, our stories would be made up of many more negatives than positives. However, as entrepreneurs, we know and accept the fact that the benefits of our relatively few successes will far outweigh the losses of our failures.

The same is true, of course, of the life of Steve Jobs.

But you wouldn’t know that from watching this movie.

It seemed like every personal and professional shortcoming Jobs had was noted – and magnified. But there wasn’t nearly enough focus on or celebration of his successes, if you ask me – or any other successful entrepreneur.

I won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t yet seen the movie (this is DEFINITELY one you should wait to see on TV or rent from Redbox for a buck, if you really insist on seeing it at all), but I will share with you part of a conversation I had right after our pre-release screening with a clearly-disappointed Brendon Burchard:

The gist of Brendon’s complaint was how the movie didn’t even mention Jobs’ greatest successes or show the ways in which his genius revolutionized several industries and changed the world for the better – yet it took great pains to detail all kinds of faults he had and mistakes he made.

It also conveniently ignored some MAJOR positive things about Jobs’ early partner, Steve Wozniak, including how he generously gave millions of dollars to his fellow Apple co-founders out of his own personal share of the company’s fortune.

In fact, there really was hardly anything positive at all in this film about any businessperson.

And sadly, every single high achiever I talked to after the screening had a similar reaction to the film as Brendon and I did.

Which is really too bad, because we were all so excited about it.

Before we actually saw it.

How about you?

Have you seen the film?

I’d love to read your review in a comment below.

16 Responses to My Review Of The Movie “Jobs”

  1. Jerry Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Apparently a lot of others shared your reaction, since the movie bombed.

    Thanks for the warning.

    • Steve Sipress Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      I guess that means it’ll be even sooner that the movie is out of theaters and can be viewed on people’s iPads.

      Love the irony.

  2. Phil Brakefield Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Well, Steve, based on your review it’s going to be a LONG time before you see that movie reviewed by moi.

    However, as I find true more often than not when it comes to books that are turned into movies, I will recommend reading the book. Though it is flawed in places…what isn’t…overall it offers some interesting insights into Jobs’ quirky, fascinating personality, and ultimately some significant inspiration for those of us with Entrepreneur Syndrome to stay the course.

    • Steve Sipress Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Phil. I didn’t know the movie was based on a good book. That makes the movie producer and director even more pathetic, for taking a good book and turning it into a horrible movie.

  3. Jeff Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 7:43 am

    The minds of many in Hollywood are not aligned or in support of real entrepreneurs, innovators or business people –it doesn’t fit their agenda….and so many movies about real life people focus more on the negative than the positive…..sad

  4. Doug Crowe Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I was a film major at Northwestern. Today I am a “Story Seller” ghost writing and publishing books for entrepreneurs. While I despise the tired adage, “I liked the book better than the movie,” I clearly understand WHY that is true with this story.

    The Jobs book was a lengthy and a relatively unfiltered read. Rarely can one digest 50 years of a person’s life in one sitting. The very nature of our short attention spans, when it comes to film, dictates an abbreviated journey. If Hollywood had the balls, they should have hired Peter Jackson to do a trilogy featuring the Apple-Pixar-Iphone revolution.

    The editing was awkwardly horrid. The jumps from his personal to business life were without context or purpose. Like many of us, Jobs had his demons. However, like The Aviator, Hollywood appeals to our primal fascination with train wrecks, rather than triumphs.

  5. Michael Miller Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I knew when they cast Ashton Kutcher that the movie was going to be a stinker. I mean, of all the people in the world that could play the great Steve Jobs … Ashton Kutcher?

    Thanks for confirming my expectations Steve!

    • Steve Sipress Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Well, he did pull off the look of the young jobs really well. Who would you have rather seen in the role?

  6. Tony Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I am not surprised.

    • Steve Sipress Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Yup, I guess I shouldn’t have been either. Probably would have enjoyed it more going in with the, “Let’s see how Hollywood portrays another successful businessperson as a demon” attitude…

  7. Susan Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hollywood knows how to do drama — hero goes on a journey, hero encounters obstacles (lots of them), hero grows from the experience … and of course the reason they do drama is because that’s what most of the public wants to see. Even tho there are millions of Apple fans and Steve Jobs fans, I believe that deep down many people want to see entrepreneurs fail (or at least be unhappy in their success) because then they have a good excuse for not pushing themselves to become entrepreneurs!

    • Steve Sipress Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Good point, Susan.

      Am I the only one who finds it incredibly ironic that the title of a movie about entrepreneurialism is “Jobs”?

      What this country sorely needs is A LOT more people who drop their unproductive job mentality and start producing MUCH more value by becoming entrepreneurs.

  8. Robin Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Great review Steve……By the way I am loving your new look & content of “Rhino Daily”

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