2013-10-18 08:30
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
What it's about:

It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness.

The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world – forever.

What we thought:

Right off the bat, let me just confess that I am a Microsoft fan and have a special dislike for Apple products. In that regard, Jobs’ depiction of the legendary Steve Jobs, who revolutionised desktop computers and is one of the founders of Apple (in case you have been living under a rock), just made me dislike Apple even more.

In America, the movie has not been doing too well and seeing as this is Apple’s core fanbase, I understand why. Jobs is not depicted in the most warm light, as he is shown to use and abuse anyone and everyone who is a part of his life, and no one wants to see their dead idol like that.

Steve Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple, has noted that the movie’s depictions of pivotal scenes in the life of the company are mostly fictional, and that he did not agree with Ashton Kutcher’s portrayals of a young Steve Jobs.

But despite the historical inaccuracies, it was just a very bad movie. The focus of the plot kept getting lost between Jobs’ personal life and that of his company , as if the director couldn’t decide which gets preference. We get a glimpse of  Jobs’ romantic life with his university girlfriend and their love child, but then suddenly he’s married to someone else with another kid and Apple gets the rest of the attention.

And then there’s the ending. It’s like the producers ran out of money and just decided to end the movie up to where they shot it. Most biopics make the plot go full circle, this one just randomly stops in the middle of nowhere. You also get treated to absolutely no information on what happened to the rest of the start-up crew of Apple, which like Steve  himself, just gets pushed  into oblivion by the movie.

It is clear in this role choice that Kutcher desperately wants to be taken seriously in the Hollywood community, but he should rather stick to his comedic roles. With the exception of The Butterfly Effect (which he was brilliant in), Kutcher trying to be angry is funny in itself.

Although he looked the part, he seriously did not play it and kind of retained the same character depth for Jobs throughout, not showing any sense of growth someone usually has over a lifespan.

Jobs is a pretty forgettable movie that would have Steve cringe in his grave, with very little value for the legacy of a man that helped shape our tech landscape. Apple fanboys beware.

An unflattering biopic about an idol that seems to have been the biggest douchebag when he was still alive.
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Evils_GP 2014/01/24 8:23 PM
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If you have nothing else to watch, go there, but you may find the need to reach for a bottle of wine to help you through it!
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