Yes, I am a Mac guy. I love the products of Apple, and I use them as a part of my life. I wake up in the morning to a song being played on my IPod and I do my typing on a Mac Book Pro. I’ve been using this stuff since 2006 when I switched from a Dell computer. It was my cousin who works for a local Apple store that helped my parents with a nice discount (I won’t say how much) to get me a new laptop for college. I guess you could say that I’ve totally gone mac, and have never gone back.
All of this would have never been possible if it not had been for the imagination of Steve Jobs. Where do I begin with this guy? He may have not been the one to make these devices himself, but he knew how to lead a great team into building beautiful machines, putting an obsessive amount of focus on places that didn’t really need it like the inside. To top it off, he figured that computers could become the next tool for the modern artist, and was able to figure out how to sell it to the common man. His life and legacy at Apple is told through the latest biopic, Jobs.
This movie has been worked on before Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, so with that in mind, the movie focuses on the man from late seventies through the late nineties. It starts with Steve (played by Ashton Kutcher) at Reed College who has dropped out, but is staying on campus to shadow a couple of art and tech classes. He becomes part of the counterculture into reading the works of Hindu spiritualist Ram Dass and even travels to India (which is insultingly only put into a montage).
Cut to years later when he’s shown working at Atari where he starts a partnership with fellow technician, Steve Wozniak (played by Josh Gad). This leads to the creation of the Apple I computer that built in a garage. Cut to years later when Mike Markkula (played by Dermot Mulroney) has invested enough money to help build Apple Computers. The Macintosh is looking to become a sure fire when Jobs is in place as the leader. As his behavior becomes more erratic and demanding, he’s eventually terminated by the C.E.O, John Sculley (played by Matthew Modine). Apple’s performance begins to fall while Jobs starts developing the NeXT computers. The movie flash-forwards to 1996, when Apple purchases NeXT, and brings Jobs back as a C.E.O.
Steve Jobs has become more then a man who created computers. It’s easy to say that he’s become one of the great American innovators like Thomas Edison and Walt Disney. So trying to make a movie about him is very ambitious. To be fair, the movie only puts the focus on his years for Apple. This kind of story can work if they can still show the real man that Steve jobs was. Though it hints at, it left me asking for the rest.
By leaving out some really crucial moments of his studies and travels, Jobs never gets a chance to explore why Steve acted the way he did. It does portray him as a cold perfectionist; it also makes him a little to sympathetic. Maybe I would have wanted more of a darker Steve Jobs. Not to make him unlikable, just more of a risky character. Speaking of which, how does Ashton Kutcher do as Steve? I’m already not a fan of this actor, but I can tell he’s really trying. As hard as he’s working, I can’t get past the fact that this is an actor trying to be Steve Jobs. I think he does better playing his younger version in the first act then in the second and third parts.
What’s amazing is that there are some excellent performances here. Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons, and Lukas Haas blend in nicely as the fellow contributors to Apple. The best one here is actually Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak. After having listened to his comedy in The Book of Mormon musical, this more dramatic turn in Jobs is a nice surprise. He’s a loner and a geek, but at the same time, sympathetic and likable. His last speech as he’s leaving Apple may be my favorite scene.
I’ll give this three models of the Macintosh computer out of five. While some of the movie does hit some points of Steve Jobs, it’s like an abridged version. I’m not even sure that Steve Jobs would have approved of Jobs. I hope that someone like David Fincher or Ang Lee can come around to create a more interesting film about Apple’s man. But’s that’s not say this film is bad. It might make an interesting starter film for those that want an introduction. If your curious, you won’t be completely disappointed, just left hoping that a full life biopic will eventually be made.