jOBS: THE REVIEW

Big thanks to Salty Kernel, Dara Shashoua, for this one. I will give it a miss after reading this review, thanks for saving me the time Lady D. This reminds me of a great Apple/ Microsoft film I saw years ago. THE PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY – you want a good telemovie telling the same story then suss this one out. Anyways, jOBS is out now – make up your own mind about the film but suss out Dara’s review for some insight. I actually think this is the lowest scoring film on Salty. 

 

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jOBS: THE SALTY REVIEW

 

So, I actually saw Jobs last week and for many reasons was not able to write my review until today. This gave me ample time to ponder and discuss it.

Watching Jobs was like watching a made for TV movie.  

It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that good either. Having the week to reflect I have thought through a few different reasons as to why this was and how they could have done it better. So let’s discuss.

 

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

Well, I don’t think he did a terribly bad job of portraying Steve Jobs, I honestly think that perhaps Mr Jobs was not all that exciting as a person therefore making it very difficult to create excitement in the role. He did try to emulate Steve’s walk which was half way between a shuffle and walk which just made him look silly. I think that if you are going to emulate someone you have to take some creative license and perhaps not emulate everything verbatim, ergo his walk.

 

 

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The story skipped over lots of detail.

As I was watching the film it felt like there were lots of parts to the story that were missing and as a result it seemed to jump from one moment to the next. There was also a moment at the start of the film where we see him and some mates take acid which was just weird. If you are going to emulate the drug taking experience you need to do it better.

The film also jumped from when Jobs was fired from Apple to when he was reinstated and basically begged to come back. That entire period of when he formed Pixar films was totally not even mentioned. I would have loved to have seen all of that as well. His entire family life was totally skipped as well. One minute he was kicking his pregnant girlfriend out and we skip 15 years to see he has a teenager and 2 other kids but I was not sure if that was the same woman….

 

 

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He didn’t treat people very well.

I actually liked that they didn’t candy coat this and make Steve Jobs look like a saint, which he wasn’t. He was portrayed as a shrewd businessman who wanted to succeed at all costs. His treatment of friends and family was fairly appalling and even though the film did portray this I do believe that there was a lot left out as well. It didn’t really delve into the emotions of the breakdown of these relationships, but perhaps that was how Mr Jobs was. He completely screwed over the guys that helped him start Apple, these were all childhood or long term friends that he cut out of any profit share when the company went public.

 

 

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It’s not The Social Network.

Not by a long shot. I have asked the question – could the film have been better with a bit more creative licence like The Social Network? My answer was always ‘perhaps’. However, the story of Apple is just not as cool as the story of Facebook, sure it has very similar themes – the egomanic nerd who uses and abuses friendships to get ahead then screws them over. Could David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have done a better job? Definitely. Would the story have been worth it? Possibly not.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m am a devout member of the cult of Apple however the backstory behind Apple and all of the back stabbings, the ruthless business decisions, the people who were burnt along the way (and that was pretty much everyone) is not really that great a story. There is no heart warming end. Yes, Apple and Steve Jobs have pretty much revolutionized the way we all live but perhaps we should stop making heroes of these people and realise what they had to do to get there.

Jobs is just OK, wait for DVD release or go on Tuesday when there is nothing else to see and tickets are way cheaper.

 

1 and a Half Pops

 

 

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