Rated: PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: August 18, 2013 Released by: Open Road
Ashton Kutcher does an admirable job channeling Apple founder Steve Jobs. The posture, speech patterns, mannerisms, etc., Kutcher has Jobs down cold. The problem lies somewhere in the script, where the end doesn't justify the means.
The ending is a total letdown, completely eliminating the last ten years of Jobs' life. Focusing more on his bad times than the 'renaissance' Jobs, who as Apple CEO brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy. Early on, Jobs did have a vision, he just had extreme difficulty articulating it.
Those not familiar with Steve Jobs' monstrous ego and temper may be shocked by his behavior, others just won't care. Ego's notwithstanding, Jobs was indeed a true genius who predicted our vast technological revolution through the personal computer.
Most of the film focuses on his unpredictable personality, which is unfortunate. Later in life Jobs turned his life around and returned Apple to success. This aspect is only touched upon. Jobs had the makings of a true Horatio Alger success story. That the 'American Dream' is alive and well through hard work and determination. Jobs spends so much time dwelling on the negative, it has forgotten all the positives Steve Jobs brought to the world. We are all flawed human beings to some extent, that is what makes us 'human.' This film completely misses that important point.
Jobs treated most of those people around him like they were all expendable, as if he were doing them all a huge favor by letting them work for him. His vile, poisonous temper is legend, contributing to the overall myth of Steve Jobs. This creates a strange dichotomy, is this the 'real' Steve Jobs, or just another media-manipulated biopic. I'll go with the second option. This is the National Enquirer version of Steve Jobs' complicated life.
This movie is all surface and very little substance. I gained much more insight into Jobs from the 1999 film, Pirates Of Silicon Valley.
Let's hope Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film set for release in 2014 shines a brighter light on the 'real' Steve Jobs.