Jobs is the college dropout that changed the world and reshaped our lives.Every day we use his products. When we switch on our phones, his little apple greets us. We download and carry our music in our pockets. You are reading this review because of Steve Jobs – I even typed it on my Mac. He is the college dropout that changed the world and reshaped our lives.
Director Joshua Michael Stern and first-time screenwriter Matt Whiteley takes us on a journey throughout the life of this tech guru and focuses on the more pivotal moments, although they really turn out to be just snapshots of this complex man, which leave you wanting to know more.
The movie begins in 2001, where Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) is unveiling his new greatest invention, the iPod, to a group of applauding staffers. The film then flashbacks to 1971, where he is auditing classes at Reed College and taking LDS trips and a journey of enlightenment through India.
While working at Atari, he was bored and realized that he can not work for others and needs to be his own boss. He turned to his friend Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) for help with a difficult project, and if he met the deadline, he would receive a $5,000 bonus, which they used to start their company, Apple, in his parents’ garage. The company really started to take-off when Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney) makes a huge investment.
Besides ignoring the last years of his life, each of his tumultuous personal relationships were underdeveloped and one-dimensional. They lacked the dramatic conflict that would have made the movie so much better. For a man who was always dangling over the edge and pushing his so-called friends/employees to their limits, it was all so fleeting.
Kutcher seemed to be really pushing the physicality of the role.I’m not a fan of Kutcher. He had his moments as Steve Job, but for the most part he seemed to be really pushing the physicality of the role. The disappointing element of the film is we never really get to see or discover what really makes this great innovator tick. It would have been interesting to explore why he was such a perfectionist, dictator, and a jerk. Mulroney was boring as Markkula, while Gad was the most relatable and had a few poignant scenes.
More than a biography, Jobs is really just a history lesson of Apple. Hopefully, Aaron Sorkin’s version will get it right.
PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language
Run Time: 2 hour 7 minutes