Nelson Leader : September 5th 2013
10 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT This Sunday Great Big Charity Market Auckland Point School 8am-3pm 5583184AC Workstar is a free service for employers in the Nelson Region. We have workers who manage a disability who are seeking retail, light industrial, cleaning or landscaping work. To get the right person for your job and free ongoing support, contact Kirsty Glen, Manager www.Workstar.co.nz Kirsty@workstar.co.nz Phone 546 9206 DO YOU NEED A RELIABLE WORKER FOR FIVE HOURS A WEEK OR MORE? 5469357AC 5592217AA Authorised by Matt Lawrey, 31 Orsman Cres, Nelson 5556275AA P P Prrriiic c ce e e MOVIE REVIEW Not the job that Jobs deserves THE BIG APPLE: Ashton Kutcher as Apple founder and all-round genius Steve Jobs in Jobs. Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW MORE REVIEWS ONLINE Missed a review? No problem. Visit theleader.co.nz to read Matt's previously published reviews, post comments and watch trailers. BOTTOM LINE: An ordinary film about an extraordinary man. *** (Out of five) Also screening: Elysium (R16). Awesome looking but doesn't make much sense. ***1/2 One of the things I enjoy most about life is that, providing you keep your eyes and ears open, you never stop learning. One of the most valuable lessons I've learnt is that in order to be happy, you need to be thankful. The way I see it: Unless you feel thankful for things in life, it is practically impossible to feel content, let alone happy. I reckon it's one of the reasons people in the developing world so often seem happier than those in the developed one. In poorer parts of the planet people really appreciate how great it is to have food, water, clothing and shelter. In some places just being alive and safe from harm is a reason to smile. In wealthier countries people can quickly start taking the essentials for granted. The more they take for granted, the less thankful they become and, consequently, the harder it is for them to be happy. One of the many things I'm thankful for is the fact that, by all accounts, I'm not a control freak. It seems to me that being happy must be a particular challenge for people who fit that description for the simple reason that they're more likely to spend time feeling anxious, frustrated and disappointed than thankful. Why am I telling you this? Because Apple founder Steve Jobs must have been one of the biggest control freaks to ever pull on a pair of jeans. Jobs died in 2011 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. During his career he not only changed the face the computer industry but with Pixar he transformed Hollywood, and with iTunes he revolutionised the music business. No wonder people wanted to make movies about the guy the nanosecond he was gone. A film written by Aaron Sorkin, the scribe behind 2010's brilliant The Social Network,isin production but first out of the blocks is Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role. Jobs is a traditional biopic that traces its subject's life from his days as a barefooted university dropout to the launch of the iPod. Anyone hoping for anything relating to the iPhone or iPad will be disappointed. Admirably, the film doesn't shy away from Jobs' less likable qualities. The guy was a genius but apparently he could also be a self-absorbed bully with little empathy for others. An eyebrow-raising choice for the lead, Kutcher is not as bad as many might expect. He does, however, overdo Jobs' physical trademarks, including the way he waved his hands around and the way he walked. His performance is an adequate impersonation of Jobs but the whole time I felt like I was watching the star of That 70s Show pretending to be the Apple supremo. The movie's biggest failing, however, is the way it takes an incredible story and only manages to make an average movie out of it. The film's pacing is pedestrian, the music and photography are too reverential, and the screenplay never goes near explaining why Jobs acted the way he did. None of the man's passion for excellence is actually to be found in the film, which is both sad and ironic considering the guy spent his whole life trying to make things that were anything but average. You've got to wonder how director Joshua Michael Stern scored the gig. The guy is not know for making anything remotely memorable so just how he got his hands on something as potentially significant as Jobs is a mystery.
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