Jobs


Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Starring: Ashton Kutcher
Year: 2013

 

HA:
Steve Jobs was, and still is, an icon of our generation. He has a special place in all our hearts, providing us with the phones, laptops, computers and software that we all spend 80% of our time on (more like 99% for some of us), while doing it with style and inspiring us to be great. No one can argue that Kutcher looks strikingly similar to Jobs, he even gives the same piercing gaze, however I’m disappointed to say that the film just doesn’t live up to the icon we all loved so much.

The film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern takes us through the trial and tribulations that Steve went through, from dropping out of college to being forced out of the company and being asked to come back. However it chops and changes through various more personal aspects of his life, such as abandoning his girlfriend when she’s pregnant, which you only see for brief periods before you’re taken back to scenes of him yelling in the boardroom (there’s a lot of that by the way). These more personal parts of his life that contribute in so many ways to his character development weren’t given the time in the movie that they should have. Yes Steve, unfortunately, wasn’t the best Father that we liked to picture him as, and to avoid some sort of fan backlash it seems the movie skirts around the issue briefly then moves on in order to avoid the discomfort.
What it does show is his passion at work, the fire and ice that he gave to his employees which is returned with silent gazes and soft “Okay Steve”. [Cut to angry board members talking behind Steve’s back].

While it is hard to watch our favourite nerd painted as an asshole, the movie seems to miss so much of the good that Steve did, and leaves you asking WHO, WHAT and WHY on so many points.
Where is his time at Pixar? How did he develop into the passionate and inspiring salesman we all knew and loved? Why are his parents living in the same old tiny house that he grew up in while Steve lives in a mansion? Who is the woman he ends up with in the end and how did he become reunited with his daughter? And what on earth was with the chopping and changing montage of scenes of his time at college? fjoawirj8q238wfajsfjlkdsfjdskjf ?!?!

And lastly, is it just me or is it really hard to hear what Kutcher is saying sometimes? Is he kinda mumbly or do I need to clean my ears?On the flip side, Ashton’s performance? Not bad. There’s a teary scene in there that I really believed and did get a bit of ‘dust in my eyes’. I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough performance for him, he has some way to go yet, however as a kind of bridge between his romcoms to serious drama, he did pretty well, however the film writing itself let him down.

I was initially excited about this movie, but I’m sad to say it fell short of a story of a great man (sorry Ashton, I was rooting for you). I’ll have to wait for Director Aaron Sorkin’s (The Social Network, 2010) version in 2015. Here’s hoping he gives Jobs the story he deserves, and with Woz consulting, he has a good chance (finger’s crossed).

Final Comment:
Just wait for Aaron Sorkin’s version in a couple of years.

 

AP:
Jobs. The first inevitable biopic about one of the most prominent technological figures in the past thirty years. The Man, The Myth and the Ultimate Legend Steve Jobs has been a constant figure in all of our lives. He brought us the Mac, the iPod and iTunes, the iPad, the iMac. iEverything.
This particular flick focuses on the early years of Steve Jobs – from 1974 to 2001. But not really. The film begins with his introduction to the iPod and then takes us back into his early years. The movie actually finishes with Jobs recording the now infamous ‘Think Different’ commercial from 1997. To put in bluntly, what was the point of showing the introduction of the iPod if you weren’t going to explain its conception?

The film is an ultimately an unsatisfying and disappointing portrayal of such an icon who deserved better. It was seemingly flat, having no real climax or high-point. It just seemed to plateau and continued on and on and on and on. It glosses over Steve Jobs NeXT years and doesn’t even mention his contribution to Pixar. These were important moments in his life and career – where he learnt how to become a true leader.
Ashton Kutcher’s performance is not all bad for his first dip into what could be considered real acting, or at least a more serious role than his past performances. However, something about him makes audiences unable to connect fully to his interpretation of Steve Jobs.
In summary, this movie falls short to what it promised to deliver. It a lacklustre portrayal of Jobs’ life, and is ultimately disappointing.

Final Comment:
Ugh, it’s just not even worth it.

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