Good artists copy. Great artists steal – Pirates of Silicon Valley
Last night I saw Jobs. Before I say what I actually thought of Jobs, let me make it clear that I went with extremely high expectations and was looking something related to the Social Network in terms of class or how motivated it makes one feel.
(Spoiler alerts ahead)
The movie started off on a high note with Steve Jobs introducing the iPod for the first. This got me all excited because I wanted to see more of the start of iPhone and iPods and delve into the life of the Steve we’ve all seen in the last decade. But that never happened. The movie ended without anyone even using the word “iPhone”, perhaps Apple’s greatest invention. The movie was mostly well made with a few scene dragging on too much. The whole deal with his board of directors got a little boring. Steve Jobs was shown as kind of a big asshole but then his whole rekindled spirit and new attitude added a little spark. As for Ashton Kutcher, I am a bit ambivalent on which side to go on. While watching the film, my mind was battling between accepting Ashton Kutcher as Jobs because he totally looks like him and trying to forget that this is not a comedy movie. The crying scene when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant was perfectly executed and filled the theatre with a sense of bewildered aura of sadness; shortly followed by Apple’s success and high value in the market. In short Jobs wasn’t gripping and lacked content.
When I found out that they don’t even show Bill Gates in Jobs the movie, I went nuts. I mean come on! You can’t find an actor with big glasses and blonde hair who looks like he’ll never get laid? I mean I can find one on Google images right now. So as soon as I went home, I searched other movies about Steve Jobs and landed upon one of the most amazing technology based movie which was released in 1999 : Pirates of Silicon Valley. The movie begins with Steve Jobs saying:
I don’t want you to think of this as just a film – some process of converting electrons and magnetic impulses into shapes and figures and sounds. No. Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We’re creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or poet. That’s how you have to think of this. We’re rewriting the history of human thought with what we’re doing – Pirates of Silicon Valley
This movie won my heart. It shows the beginning of both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and their ultimate rivalry when they both come to power in the infant computer industry. Seriously the actor who played Bill Gates was so good, I literally forgot this was not the real Gates. Being a TV film, I doubt it many people have seen this one thus I won’t ruin it with spoilers. Therefore I highly recommend you watch Pirates of Silicon Valley today and let me know what you think of it in the comments section below.