Review of JOBS
Here will be TFG1Mike’s Review of of Jobs. A film about a man who touched all of our lives in one way or another. At least technologically speaking. There really is no need to put a SPOILER warning on this review, as most everyone knows bits and pieces of the legacy left behind by Steve Jobs.
I have never been much of an Ashton Kutcher fan. Not that I hate the guy mind you, hell I don’t even know him. However most of the stuff he has done in his career just doesn’t interest me. So when I first saw the trailer for this film, I was like oh hell no! They better not be trying to turn the legacy of Steve Jobs into a farce! Thankfully that isn’t the case with JOBS. The one thing I’ll say against the film is that whomever put the trailer together needs to recheck that work. Because what is in the theatrical trailer for Jobs, almost isn’t anything in the film I saw. Sure the Apple stuff is there, but based on the trailer I thought this was going to be a introspective look at the personal life of Steve Jobs. Sadly it went more into the rise of Apple. Sure his travels are shown and everything, but this film wasn’t what I was expecting. What I was expecting was more of Jobs’ personal life outside of Apple. Like how he met his wife etc.
I have yet to read any of the books about Steve Jobs, I want to though. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. The only real doc I saw about him was the One Last Thing documentary put out a few years ago, in which I reviewed at one point. The Apple IIgs was my very first computer, so I guess you could say I grew up loving the Apple Computer brand. I remember as a kid it being warm and inviting every time I did anything on that Computer. IBM’s in my young mind were cold, and calculating machines.
What I’m shocked at with the Jobs film is that high ranking actor’s are billed so low on the cast list. Sure I get spotlighting the ones attempting to recreate the roles of the people in Steve Jobs’s life. However J.K. Simmons, Dermot Mulroney, and Matthew Modine are all under the top 5 listed. Heck even Kevin Dunn should be a bit higher as well. However I get why the film is billed the way it is. I’m not taking points off for where actor’s show up in the credits, I just thought that I would point it out is all. After watching the entire film, there are photo comparisons at the end, comparing the actual people to the actor’s chosen. I thought that this was a great move. It’s awesome and surprising just how well casted the film is based on the “get this guy who looks like the real guy” type of thing.
I thought the Kutcher did a great job, but it’s weird seeing him in the beginning of the film at an Apple Event, unveiling the iPod. Mainly why I say it’s weird is because I’ve seen Steve Jobs host the Apple Events, and I almost expected the film to use a voiceover of what the real Steve Jobs actually said. I enjoyed watching the film, it’s a decent movie based on the rise of Apple Computer, and it shows you the vision the real Steve Jobs had. I was just expecting something totally different.
Overall the film is good, not great, but good. Let’s face it, there are worse fictional versions of real life people out there. I love how the John Debney score accurately portrays the characters, and it goes well with the events of the film. I will say though if you are looking for a non fiction version of this, go watch Steve Jobs – One Last Thing.