Friday, September 06, 2013
Jobs (Director: Joshua Michael Stern; Writer: Matt Whiteley)
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Dunn, James Woods, Lenny Jacobson, David Denman, Abby Brammell, Annika Bertea, Amanda Crew
Why I loved this film: I was not acquainted with the tumultuous early years of the Apple founder, therefore this movie seemed very interesting to me. Beginning in 2001 with the unveiling of his masterpiece, the iPod, to rapturous applause, the clock is then set back thirty years to 1971, when Jobs was a student at Reed College, Portland.
The storytelling is pretty straightforward, covering the important events of his professional ups and downs but providing little details beyond what is already public knowledge. Jobs' crucial relationship with Wozniak is not very clear, not only because it omits how they met and their chemistry, but also because it barely explains why Woz quit Apple dissatisfied with the direction the company was heading and the person that Jobs had become; We see Jobs dumping his pregnant girlfriend and refusing to recognise his newly born daughter as his own early on, but are given little explanation on how and why he settles down and turns into a family man later. However, I found Ashton Kutcher's portrait of Steve Jobs quite surprising, one can tell Kutcher has put in a lot of effort into the role, emulating his character's awkwardly hunched posture as well as his voice and gestures, to some degree.
Other critics may not agree, but for someone who did not know the Man very well, this was a really interesting movie, which made me believe that if you put your mind to it and never give up, anything is possible. You cannot be too good or life will get you!