Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in “Jobs”
With Windows officially dead, a Steve Jobs film will now hold more importance than it did when it first hit theatres earlier this year. People will have to choose between Apple and Google for their way of interacting with one another through social media. It’s technological competiveness at its finest, but its also one closest to Steve Jobs himself as he calls Bill Gates in the film to tell him that his windows Operating system is nothing more than a cheap rip off of his mac OS.
Easily one of the best films of the summer amidst tentpoles and massive Domestic bombs like Pacific Rim and Paranoia. Jobs, essentially is no different, it bombed as well. However instead of being the dynamic of man and machine we’re all too familiar with. Its one man’s vision of the future and how we went about achieving it. The film however, does have its inaccuracies.
The film opens late in Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) career as he unveils his notorious iPod and delivers one of those famous speeches that are a cross between a TED Talk and a sales pitch. It then cuts to 1974 where he attended Reed College, struggled with courses and dropped LSD. The focus appears that it’s on building that relationship between Jobs and current Apple CEO Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) whom both started out at Atari as game developers. Wozniak whom is always referred to in the film as “the woz” saves his well job, but only to never be seen as a major character after Apple has been established as a major company with Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney) as a major early investor.
With Wozniak to the wayside the film then focuses its attention on the many CEO’s through years and Jobs battles with them. Many of these battles jobs has is with Arthur Rock (JK Simmons) whom shoots jobs down whenever he suspects he’s investing to many resources on his many current projects. It’s through these many arguments with Rock that Jobs shows his creativeness, drive, and his anger that everyone is truly five steps behind him.
Steve Jobs was known for being the one of the most innovative thinkers of the 21st century, but this film also seems to show his dark side in a very prominent way. It played well to his own employee’s shock and amusement and was meant to be a creative way to tell his employees to pick it up and think outside the box. This is seen numerous times throughout the film often times to hilarity and others to utter dismay and overall disappointment of jobs himself.
The transition from Apple employee to CEO isn’t as smooth as it should be either. Nothing of his time with NEXT or Pixar is covered let alone Jobs actual birthright is even mentioned. The film also glazes over how he eventually would save Apple from bankruptcy and make them become a company one would want to buy into on the stock market.
Despite the problems the film seems to be plagued with its hardly the worst thing one could possibly see at the multiplex. In fact it outright reminds us what film out to be about instead of the week-to-week blockbusters. Kutcher actually makes an awesome Steve Jobs as he yells through halls and other workspaces. Not to mention how he actually spoke like Jobs and even walked like him as well. This however, won’t be the last Jobs film we see, Aaron Sorkin is currently working on his interpretation of Job’s autobiography and it should be out some time next year.