Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Movie Review: Jobs

Is there anything wrong with wanting perfection? Steve Jobs didn’t think so and I would have to agree with him. So why is it that Jobs, the biopic made after the innovator, falls far from the perfection mark? Let’s dissect.

Jobs gives a look at the life of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his rise, fall and comeback in the world of computers. In an era where technology rules, this should have been a significant piece of work. The saving grace of the whole production was the fact that most viewers will know the story. They will have held an iPod, iPad, iPhone or used an iMac. Their first computer experience may have possibly been on a Macintosh with the tiny screen and the floppy disc drive. They will know Steve Jobs will be interested in his story before the studio names even appear on the screen.

Unfortunately for most people, we also know Ashton Kutcher. The man chosen to mimic Jobs in the movie. He got the walk and part of the talk down, but it wasn’t enough. There were a couple of moments where I was relieved to find out I had forgotten it was Kutcher behind the beard or glasses, but for the most part there he was…trying to be a good actor, but only achieving a TV movie grade. Most of the time I was thinking “Man, Kutcher is doing a decent job pretending to be Jobs.” Which is not what you should be pondering in the middle of a movie.

Any scene when Kutcher needs to deviate from the standard Jobs walk and talk it all comes crumbling down. When Jobs gets let go and goes home to take a nostalgic seat in his parents garage where the whole business started and he proceeded to cry…I wanted to join him, because I too was in sordid amounts of pain. Awkward, awful pain.

First time screenwriter Matt Whiteley made a valiant effort in scripting a story that captured the audience and detailed the story. It made sense. I was following, but at the same time it felt like they were jumping from one event to the next without any kind of contiguity. In the middle of the movie his staff shows him a Microsoft program and he freaks out, calls Bill Gates and yells at him for being a thief…and then it was on with business. Why was this in the movie? It was never mentioned again and there was nothing leading up to it that even validated it even being there. It was the small pieces, the Bill Gates moments of the movie that made me sigh.

Besides the computers, Jobs’ ass hole tendencies were the major continuous factor. I was impressed with the directors ability to show all the douche things Jobs had done while still making him look like a legitimate human. He steals from his friend, leaves his pregnant girlfriend, cuts out the guys that helped get Apple off the ground from making money off it and doesn’t really seem to get the concept of human decency when it comes to the people he works with. But the biggest most tragic moment of the movie was when he was fired from the company he founded because the board and CEO thought he was running the business into the ground. Hollywood, master illusionists.

It was disappointing to know that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were given a better theatrical debut to the world with The Social Network. Luckily for us Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriting genius behind that film, is also said to be working on a biopic based off the Walter Isaacson biography Steve Jobs. There is still hope that one day, there may be a movie that will live up to Jobs innovative, perfectionist personality.

Jobs. A movie with so much, but leaves you feeling so little.

Jobs hits theatres on August 16, 2013


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