Whether you love or hate Apple, you can’t deny that they are an incredibly influential company. When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 Apple and the world lost a profoundly brilliant man who wanted to change the way we interacted with technology. I say this as someone who has never been a big fan of Apple or their business strategies, but I respect the man and the company for what they’ve accomplished. I wouldn’t say I was excited to see Jobs, but a movie chronicling the life of someone so influential was definitely an interesting proposition, it just needed to be an entertaining one as well.
Whether you saw That ’70s Show or not, I don’t think anyone would pick Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs. It wasn’t until I saw the comparison shot in the credits that I realized just how much they did look alike. Regardless of physical appearance, which the casting nails while still being filled with plenty of talented actors, Kutcher had to overcome his traditionally goofy persona to adopt the immense role of Steve Jobs. If you knew nothing about Kutcher, it would be hard to believe he became famous for pretending to be an idiot. His handling of the role was incredible and if this doesn’t prove that he can be a serious actor, nothing will.
While I do enjoy a good biopic, so many of them choose to paint their subjects as almost fictional heroes. To be truly good means that you have to not only show what made these people noteworthy, but what made them the people that they were. Steve Jobs was famous for two things: Apple Computers and being an asshole. Jobs certainly didn’t shy away from the second half, it made sure it tooks its time to show just how focused the man was on delivering his vision and how he refused to be anything but a total dick to those who stood in his way.
Where Jobs stumbles in the time periods it focuses on. I would say probably an hour and a half of its two hour run time is spent from the birth of Apple into the late 80s. While what is shown is quite interesting, the movie glosses over so much of what people know Apple for today. Sure, we see Steve Jobs creating the iMac designs and introducing the iPod, but we see so little of it you would think those products weren’t the massive successes that made Apple such a market leader. The large time jumps, especially towards the end, while useful to display key parts of Steve Jobs’s life, did create some uneven pacing.
Jobs managed to craft a fascinating story out of one of the most influential people of the modern age. I don’t know how you could possibly fit more into this movie without giving it a four hour length, but the result, while good, still feels lacking. While it may not tell the complete story of Steve Jobs or touch on everything you want to know about, it does paint a portrait of the man who changed the technology industry in the most realistic colors possible.
In Theaters: August 16, 2013
Runtime: 122 min
Rating: PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language
Director: Matt Whiteley
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Durmot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons
Genre: Biography, Drama
Distributor: Open Road Films
Official Site: http://thejobsmovie.com/