Quick Note: "Jobs" Movie Flunks in Box Office, The Woz Not Impressed with Film
August 19, 2013 11:51 AM
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After its opening weekend, the movie only generated $6.7 million
The death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was a huge event in tech history two years ago, but the recent film to
commemorate his career
seems to be failing in the box office.
Even the Woz didn't like it.
"I saw 'Jobs' tonight," said Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs. "I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie.
"One friend who is in the movie said he didn't want to watch fiction so he wasn't interested in seeing it."
The film, simply titled "Jobs," was released in theaters last Friday. After its opening weekend, the movie only generated $6.7 million -- putting it in seventh place among new film popularity in regards to box office sales.
"Jobs" was directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starred Ashton Kutcher as Jobs.
"Lee Daniels’ The Butler" took the No. 1 spot in the North American box office, collecting $25 million. "We're the Millers" came in second place with $17.8 million and "Kick-Ass 2" took third place at $13.56 million.
died from complications with pancreatic cancer
on October 5, 2011.
The Hollywood Reporter
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RE: So Pirk, Tony, ...
8/19/2013 7:14:13 PM
I live in the UK it's not out here yet .
I won't bother with this in the cinema but will probably grab a torrent of this from Pirate Bay when it's available just to see what it's like but my hopes are not high given the lead and plot structure. Irrespective of what one thinks of Jobs or Apple what you want from a film or play is a decent script and plot, that doesn't mean stringing together every well known anecdote about a famous person into a witless literal biographical chronology. I liked Lincoln for example precisely because it didn't try to tell you the story of Lincoln's life but tried instead to communicate something insightful about the man and his achievements by looking at a very small but crucial few weeks in his life.
Last week I saw a play called A Season in the Congo about the life of Patrice Lumumba.
The acting was excellent, the lead actor in particular gave an astonishingly powerful performance, the Congolese music was great (I love African music), the sets were great - but - the plot and dialogue were ponderous and in the end lacked any real drama because it just gave a simple chronological account of the rise and fall of Patrice Lumumba rather than building any sense of drama or insight through a clever plot and dialogue. And at 2 hours 45 minutes long it wore me out.
I get increasingly fed up with films that waste so much talent by underestimating the intelligence of the audience and which just don't try very hard. And don't get me started on the decline of documentary making.
Speaking of great art I saw the Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum the week before last. A stunningly inventive and deep look at the man, his work and his cultural roots.
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