Yeah...G and I had a bit of a movie marathon this past weekend. It helped give him something to do to take his mind off the whole huge gash in the arm thing. Wait...did I fail to share that story out here? I sure did. It will still have to wait. This post is supposed to be a movie review. Not an entry about how G manned up while getting 9 stitches.
"Jobs" is Hollywood's latest foray into the biopic genre. This time in the form of the story behind the genius that was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher). The movie details his ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs we have seen in our lifetime. Even if we don't get to see how he actually came up with some of his now best known inventions like the iPod and eventually the iPhone. But we'll get into that later.
Speaking of G, he surprised me once again with his eagerness to see something like this that I thought wouldn't be his cup of tea. He never seems so much into the informational programs that I watch on TV. Ok...granted they are shows like "Snapped" and "Celebrity Crime Files". Still, I just didn't think he would be too much into biopics. I underestimated the fact that his fascination with Apple products like the iPhone, iPod and the iPad was the reason why he had an interest in a flick about the driving force behind those.
I have never read the book about Steve Jobs, but I had a sneaky suspicion what to expect. I imagined it wasn't far off from the story about how Mark Zuckerberg made Facebook a juggernaut. Meaning in order to make it happen, dude had to pretty much be a world class jerk and probably screw over a friend or two. That's exactly what we got. That doesn't make it all predictable though. I was interested to see how and in what capacity Jobs did those so they didn't disappoint in that regard.
Jobs was not a very likable person. At all. Not in his personal life and certainly not in his professional life. What we see is a man that is so obsessed with perfection that he's willing to achieve it at any cost. He seems to have very little regards for the feelings he hurts, the lives he tarnishes and certainly not the bank accounts he empties. But given everything that Apple had accomplished under his regime, is that really surprising? And do any of us regular schmoes really care he was like that as long as our Apple products are superior like they're supposed to be? Heck no on both accounts.
I know very little about what Jobs was like in his younger years. I'm not sure many folks that aren't devout Apple geeks would. Therefore, it's not fair me to say how much Kutcher had actually channeled him. I just wouldn't know. I know from Jobs' later years that the one thing he did have down was Jobs' trademark slouchy-hunched gait. But as far as his personality? No clue. More than anything, unless he was walking, all I kept seeing while watching that movie was Ashton Kutcher. I didn't really get so much the feeling he was Jobs except for the very brief glimpse they showed of him as the latter day version complete with the gray hair and beard.
There were a couple of things that were very disappointing for me and even G. They did not go far enough into Jobs' life. Because of that, we never got to see what all went into the development of the touch screen technology Apple innovated. How do you not touch on that when that was the most game-changing technology that we have seen in perhaps decades? But more importantly for me was the fact that they didn't even address the cancer thing. I would have loved to get a peek behind the scenes to see how he dealt with the discovery of it and then his eventual passing. Finding a way to incorporate those crucial facets of his life would have been worth it for them to spend less time on his co-founding, exile and return to prominence with Apple.
It seemed that placing the meat of the film in that finite moment of Jobs' life didn't permit Kutcher to expand his range as much as he could have. So the fact that it appeared Kutcher was more Kutcher than Jobs wasn't entirely his fault. Because of that gaping hole that didn't get filled, once "Jobs" came to
an end both G and I both had that "That was it??" feeling. That should
never happen with a film. Especially a biopic. It's not like there will be a "Jobs 2".
My rating: C +