JOBS (2013)

“It needs to be something you see and say, man I’ve just got to have it, like an Apple. It’s simple, sophisticated, and comes before Atari in the phone book.” – Steve Jobs

Simple and sophisticated would not be words that I would use to describe Jobs. Instead, I’d use words like “cluttered”, “uninformative” and “reserved”. The promise of this movie is pretty great, but it falls short do to a lack of intriguing dialog and a lack of information. What we wanted was the tale of the late, great Steve Jobs, a man who changed the computer and mobile industry. What we got, however, was a two-hour movie detailing his life after college, all the way up to the reveal of the iPod.

JOBS opens with the reveal of the iPod in 2001. Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) is excited and can barely contain that excitement as he talks about the future of Apple and where they’re headed. “1000 songs in your pocket” is the line Jobs uses to describe the iPod as he then takes it out of his pocket. This first scene is a great introduction to the passion that Steve Jobs had for the future of technology and it showcases his ability to give those amazing and inspiring speeches that he’s  known for.

After the iPod keynote, we cut to college life and find out that Jobs has just dropped out of Harvard. Jobs take a wild “trip” and has a revelation about wanting to change the world. He and his good programming friend, Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), begin to create their own computer system under the name of Apple Computers. They recruit some help from their friends Daniel Kottke (Lukas Haas), Rod Holt(Ron Eldard), Chris Espinosa (Eddie Hassell) and Bill Fernandez (Victor Rasuk) and then get to work on building the Apple I.

Come time for the Apple II, in comes Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney), the money man behind Apples beginnings. His $250,00 gets the company going and Markkula helps Apple go public in 1977. From then on, we see Jobs struggle to make the Apple Lisa and the Macintosh as his own board, headed by Arthur Rock (J.K. Simmons), pushes him out of his own company. During his time out of Apple, we see a montage of Apple failing and Jobs succeeding with his new company, Next! Eventually, Apple gets Jobs back and the film closes with an originally unreleased speech from Jobs about “the crazy ones” and why they change the world.

Jobs is a curious film because it really doesn’t cover all of Steve Jobs’ time and contributions to Apple. We only see up to the iPod. Apple also released a few minor things after that, like the iPhone and iPad that revolutionized the mobile and tablet markets. There’s also no mention of the court battles with Microsoft and we only see Steve Jobs talking angrily to Bill Gates on the phone. The film spends most of its time developing the beginning of Apple and demonstrating Steve Jobs amazing ability to captivate a room when he speaks. Kutcher was great as Jobs, but unfortunately the film wasn’t as great as it could have been. If you’re still wondering whether or not you want to go see JOBS, keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on JOBS!

 

Ashton Kutcher looks almost exactly like Steve Jobs during most of this movie. He nails the part and gives his best performance to date.
Ashton Kutcher looks almost exactly like Steve Jobs during most of this movie. He nails the part and gives his best performance to date.

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Ashton Kutcher plays a fantastic Steve Jobs. The look, mannerisms, etc…

Josh Had wouldn’t have been my first choice to play Steve Wozniak. He was fine, but he didn’t do wonders for me.

Watching the startup in a garage grow into the Apple we know today was awesome!

The soundtrack for this film doesn’t fit the content at all. It’s a distracting and really odd choice for a biopic about Steve Jobs.

Jobs’ monologues that he’s famous for are truly inspiring.

There is no mention about the revolutionary iPhone and iPad… Not even the MacBook Air!

The film covers the Apple Lisa and Macintosh problems well.

Microsoft is barely mentioned in the film. No court battles. No Bill Gates.  A strange choice…

We get some glimpses at the kind and manic sides that Jobs had.

There are way too many monologues in this film that don’t belong to Steve Jobs.

They handle the relationship between Jobs and Lisa very well.

Way too much time is spent on the Apple Lisa and Macintosh problems.

At times, we see Jobs’ brilliance at full force!

For a two-hour movie, we only see a glimpse of the brilliance of Jobs and all the things he had to offer.

The supporting cast in this film is pretty great, for the most part.

This movie feels a lot more like a Television Movie.

The ending clip is a really, really great one that will inspire many.

A lot of content is withheld from the movie that would have made it better.

Ashton Kutcher delivers his best performance as Steve Jobs, in a movie that will entertain some.

Jobs leaves many elements  of Steve Jobs’ life unexplored and doesn’t even mention anything Apple did from the iPod on… Aaron Sorkin is writing a Steve Jobs movie though!!!

Overall:

While Ashton Kutcher gives it his all and really becomes Steve Jobs in appearance and in emotions, he can’t save the movie from its lack of story and unfinished script. Steve Jobs was one of the greatest minds of all time and this movie doesn’t do him that justice. We get glimpses every once in a while, but then the film falls back into focusing too hard on minor details. Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network, is currently writing a script based off of the Steve Jobs biography and that would be the one to watch for. Everything great about The Social Network, a movie about a website, is missing in JOBS. It would have benefited from great dialog and better sequences.

JOBS Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrvkCS0ZGPU

2.5 STARS!!!

2.5 / 5 stars     

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