Jobs, as you all may know, is the movie that is pretty much a giant recap of the famous Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs. It starts off in his life in high school, and goes throughout his life until the release of the iPod. It was the history of the computer company and industry, all the way from the 80s, to 2001.
The movie was OK. That’s really all I can say. I’m a big Apple fan, and Steve Jobs fan. But, this movie could’ve been so much better. Before I went into the movie I checked out the IMDb page. The director (Joshua Michael Stern) has directed 3 movies that I’ve never even heard of, and the writer (Matt Whitely) has one movie that he’s written on IMDb. That movie is Jobs. I can just see the conversation of two guys that had the idea of making this film. “Hey, Ashton Kutcher looks like Steve Jobs. Let’s make a movie. My friend is a writer. I mean, he hasn’t actually written anything this big, but this will be his break!”
No, it definitely wasn’t his break.
The movie starts out, with Steve at school and doing the “cool thing” at that time, which was to do drugs and get high. It starts out with his girlfriend and his other friend. They’re on a field and he starts crying about his adoption. The story then goes into something completely different about calligraphy and art. There were multiple scenes where they jump-cut to parts of his life, but with no real backstory or explanation. It was like the director and producer said, “You know, people know enough about Steve Jobs. We can skip this part!”
The worse part that I didn’t like about the movie was how they tried to fit everything in, which resulted in the jump-cut scenes that ended up rushing the movie. It’s like they had to keep it in a 2 hour time limit, which they didn’t need to do. They really rushed one of the most important scenes in the movie, which is when he left Apple and went to NeXT. They didn’t really go into detail about that, which was kind of a very important piece of info that should’ve been extended and really gone more into detail. But, instead, it was a series of jump-cuts, yet again.
The one noticeable quality that I noticed about this movie, was the casting. This movie was casted very well, with the key actors being Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs), Josh Gad (Woz), Dermot Mulroney (Mike Markkula) and Nelson Franklin (Bill Atkinson). The characters were almost spot on, and looked very similar to their actual character. With one exception. Near the end of the movie, they showed Steve Jobs in the 90’s. I’m sorry, there’s no way in hell that’s what he looked like in the 90’s. I’ve seen photos of him, and that wasn’t what he looked like in the 90’s. For the most part, the casting was my favorite part of this movie, because it was very well done.
But, the movie was still just OK. They should’ve had a better director, like David Fincher (The Social Network). I think it portrayed him well, but could’ve been better. Is this the best movie of the summer? Not even close. Is this Ashton Kutcher’s best movie? Again, no. But, was it still worth it? Sure.