This could be our very first time doing a film review, only because it involves Steve Jobs, the founding father of our favorite Apple. Imagine our excitement when we received news of an upcoming film on Steve Jobs, who is to be played by famous American actor, Ashton Kutcher. When the week where the film hit the theaters last month, we were the one of the first to catch it on the big screens. So here’s a quick post on what we thought of the film Jobs (2013) in our humble opinion. Spoilers ahead, so be warned.
What we love about the film
1. The familiar references
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Josh Gad, who played Steve Wozniak, had cracked us up in a few instances and made up feel sad in a later part of the film, when things did not go well. Even though the real Steve Wozniak had mentioned in some interviews that there were inaccuracies in this portrayal with the actual events, we weren’t the least bothered and were pretty much enjoying Gad’s acting.
We totally love the classic line that Steve Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher) told John Sculley (played by Matthew Modine) in an attempt to bring him on board to Apple, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me to change the world?”.
Giles Matthey did not look a bit like Jonathan Ive, but sounds every bit like him. It was pretty much interesting to watch the chemistry between Ive and Jobs, after all the erratic behaviors Jobs showed in the earlier part of the movie.
2. Resemblance between Jobs and Kutcher
Either the makeup artist or the casting committee did a great job or Ashton Kutcher and Steve Jobs really had their looks in common. The uncanny resemblance between Jobs and Kutcher kept us pretty much hooked to the film. It felt like watching the real Steve Jobs in action. Anyway, we would think that that was indeed dashing mug to die for, for the new-age geeks of those times.
3. Great lessons learnt
It’s great to be constantly reminded about how great things come about. It takes a compelling desire, a solid belief, iron will and effective actions. It was obvious that Jobs didn’t execute effective actions to make a lot of things work at the beginning. Jobs may have scored an A in his bold creativity but probably a D in human relationships. One cannot deny the fact that the dreadful consequences that befell upon him were also attributed by his own actions. Thankfully, he picked up where he fell and brought us a drumroll of revolutionary changes in this tech world, whereby many people have benefitted today.
What we dislike about the film
1. Disconnection between the scenes
The whole film was in fragments of notable parts of Job’s life, but unfortunately it felt like there was disconnection from one significant event to the another Especially the part where he fired from Apple and then suddenly he was back on his tracks and founded NeXT. We would have loved the film more if we could have a little snippet of how the transformation actually happened.
2. The way Ashton Kutcher walked as Steve Jobs
We liked how Kutcher paced up and down like how Jobs would have done in a typical Keynote presentation. However, we didn’t like how Kutcher walked or skipped in several of the scenes in the office. Did Steve Jobs really walked like that? We thought he only walked like that when his illness was taking toil over him.
3. Purpose and ending
Yes, we do appreciate the passion he had, the drive he showed, the crazy ideas and the bold decisions he made. However, as viewers, there didn’t seem much of a purpose in this storytelling of Jobs’ life. What was the film trying to tell us?
The ending was quite abrupt with Jobs in a recording studio for “Think Different” advertisement, giving kudos to people who think differently and were crazy enough to change the world. And then, we didn’t realize that our 122-minute film had ended. Perhaps we were still anticipating for more exciting tidbits in the film.
The film is not for the non-fans and we wouldn’t recommend if you are looking to be highly entertained with laughters or tears. It would be best if you have already read his biography- Steve Jobs. There are too many scenes jumping from one to another and it could get a little confusing for the unaware.
However, we don’t think it is anyone’s fault for making the film too summarized and presumptive. It is not easy to have a person’s whole life captured in a single film or in a single book. We heard the book was really descriptive and gave a blow by blow account of what actually happened.
Nonetheless, let’s give Ashton Kutcher some credit for playing Steve Jobs. We thought he did a great job after all.