Movie Review: Jobs
Justin Morales wrote this review 3 years ago
Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad
Jobs starts off in 2001 when Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) first introduces the world to the iPod. After a round of applause, the movie immediately winds back to 1971 when Steve Jobs was a college dropout at Reed College but still attending classes. After an experimentation with LSD, a trip to India with his pal Daniel Kottke (Lukas Haas) and a quick stint at Atari, Jobs finds himself teamed up with engineer Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad). Jobs saw potential in a project Wozniak was working on that Wozniak himself would have never guessed would become a future billion dollar company - Apple.
Starting off in Jobs parents' garage, Jobs, Wozniak, Kottke, Rod Holt (Ron Eldard), Bill Fernandez (Victor Rasuk), and Chris Espinosa (Eddie Hassell) built Apple computers and later, with the inspiration of adding a typewriter with a TV, built the Apple II. It took Jobs' inspiration to make the Apple II but it was the funding of former Intel engineer Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney) that makes it a reality.
Success was not always in Jobs' blueprint as he was forced out of the Apple Lisa project in 1982 and in 1984 when the Apple Macintosh didn't sell as well as Jobs promised. With these failures, Arthur Rock (J.K. Simmons) and the rest of the board voted John Scully (Matthew Modine) as the new CEO of Apple. Jobs' later returns to Apple in 1996 under then-CEO Gil Amelio's (Kevin Dunn) request which will later lose his position as CEO to Jobs.
When The Social Network came out it was clear that the movie will base itself more on Facebook than its creator Mark Zuckerberg. So with the film being entitled Jobs and it classifying as a biopic, one would be safe to assume that the movie will base itself more on the creator than his piece of work, but that isn't the case here. We are given a lot of background about Steve Jobs when it comes to the creation of Apple and its growth going forward but the man himself, a lot is not shared with the viewer.
For example, earlier in the film we are shown Jobs leaving his pregnant girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan (Ahna O'Reilly) and his refusal to even recognize the child before and after birth as his own. Towards the end of the film we see Jobs once again with Brennan and instead of their one child - they have three and we are given no explanation on how this happened. We also aren't given much detail on the rise and fall of the friendships between Daniel Kottke and Steve Wozniak. At the end of the day, it feels that the film should have been entitled Apple instead of Jobs.
Overall, this film is more for the Apple maniac than the film lover and I suggest you wait until you are able to see the film on DVD. We aren't given what the title promises and that is a movie about Steve Jobs which is ultimately the movie's downfall. And what makes things worst is that co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, went on the record on Good Morning America and said, "What I saw was just so far from anything that really happened or said in those days."
What The Delio?: 6/10
This will not be the last Steve Jobs film we will get to see as Aaron Sorkin is writing the biopic for Sony with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady set to produce.