I maybe a little Apple biased, but Jobs was a great film. The movie went by pretty fast and in some cases a little too slow. At some points, scenes left me confused but came to perfect sense as the film progressed. I think Ashton Kutcher did an decent job as Steve Jobs, and well, this is because sometimes it felt as Kutcher was just being himself like in Two and a half men or That 70's Show" . The overall film seemed to capture the history of Apple more than Steve Jobs which was a little bit of a surprise, since I was expecting more of Steve than Apple itself. You actually have to <more>
see the movie to understand what I'm trying to get through here. Anyway, Jobs was a wonderful movie. You really get the feel and inspiration of what it took to build Apple, and what it meant to Steve. This may not be a Best Picture winner, but it is a must see.
"Kutcher Bias" belies GREAT performance and movie (by MrMcMurphy)
This movie easily ranks among the movies I most disagree with the critics on.Why they HATE it?BIASIt's painfully obvious that their was a "Kutcher bias." The last thing nerds and GROUP-THINK-CRITICS are going to be open to is a model-turned-actor taking on the role of one of the most accomplished men of his generation, esp. so soon after his death.Not only did he nail the role, but he took the responsibility so seriously, and did such a great job, that he actually paid homage to the much deserving Jobs.ALL BIAS.I admit. I was bias too......until I saw how much Kutcher embodied <more>
Jobs. I couldn't believe he could do it. I didn't think he had it in him. I was wrong.This is coming from a cinephile EXTREMELY sensitive to poor acting, and yet Kutcher sold me--hook, line, and sinker. Not only did Kutcher nail the role, but it was a DAMN GOOD MOVIE.I've seen it twice now, and I look forward to the next time. It is inspiring, and it engenders that sense of magic and possibilities so few movies do.It is just a great, gripping, story. I was "in it" every step of the way. I didn't see Kutcher. I saw Jobs, and one hell of a ride.
Outstanding acting from Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak and John Getz as Paul Jobs. It was nice to see Lesley Ann Warren as Clara Jobs even for a little while. The acting in this film is powerful and fascinating. They really captured the time period and the place. I grew up here in the Bay Area through this entire time period so I recognize places and music from that time. To be honest, I didn't think Ashton Kutcher would be capable of handling the portrayal of such a complex, creative person as Steve Jobs with all of the ups and downs Steve went <more>
through but Ashton just gave it his all and amazed me. He gave this role heart and it is a great tribute to Steve Jobs. The whole audience applauded so it wasn't just me that liked it!
Despite its flaws, the movie was, at times, inspirational. The music took you back to the 1970s and was particularly uplifting. Like most of us back in the 1970s, Apple founders were not primarily motivated by dollar signs, but by something grander. As for Kutcher's portrayal of Jobs, he did a helluva good impression- according to Apple folks who were at the screening I attended. The dialog accurately reflects whats already out there in print re:Isaacson and Moritz books on Jobs and the history of Apple computer .Like many docudramas I've seen, the film had trouble creating the kind <more>
of underlying drama that a fictional account could do and the movie suffered a little bit from not having much of a back story. Nonetheless...This is a very worthwhile movie that goes beyond the character of Steve Jobs, but reflects on the struggle of a visionary leader and a team of geniuses who took no shortcuts to create something beautiful and worthwhile.
Not what the audience wanted, but still an amazing movie (by gasboz)
Apple is currently the highest net worth company in the world and to own any of the Apple gadgets has become a status symbol. Steve Jobs is an idol, a revolutionary and an inspiration to the millions of people who want to change the world. After his death, his legendary status grew even more as it always does with passed away celebrities , so it is perfectly reasonable that there were high expectations for this movie. People were expecting a grand masterpiece of epic proportions about a man who many want to relate to and who many want to be. Unfortunately, the movie took a slightly different <more>
turn and the result of this can be seen on the IMDb movie score. This movie is not an epic journey of a strange protégé who eventually achieved everything there was to achieve and was carried on the arms of a cheering crowd at the end, followed by the end credits. NO! This is a movie about Jobs - about his personality, about his decisions, about his victories and about his failures. It is a cruel representation of what you have to go through in this world to achieve the status that he now has. It's a movie about a troubled hipster who wanted to learn and to achieve something, but hated the system into which the young are thrown into. He dropped out of College but still attended some classes, he got into fights at work because he would yell at his coworkers that they were not doing their job, he took other peoples ideas, remade them into a story and sold them with his speeches and he wanted all. He was stubborn, he always wanted the impossible and here comes the part that made him a legend: he always got the impossible out of people.Eventually he was driven from his company, he made bad calls, bad decisions, bad products, but later came back and dominated the computer scene again. He probably had more bad moments than good, but it's the good ones that count...and it's the good ones that changed the world.The people didn't get what they wanted...they didn't get a people's hero nor the man that was always right. And no one wants to see a movie about a man who nobody liked half of the movie...but it is how he was and you have to accept that.Ashton Kutcher's portrayal was also quite good and it seems that all the comedy movies and series that he has done have earned him a title of a bad actor, so you will hear a lot people saying this was a miss cast. Don't believe this people: go see the movie and make up your own mind.So don't be discouraged by the low IMDb ranking and see this movie with expectations of a great movie about a man who was an inventor, a visionary, a man who changed the world, but was still only that: a man, nothing more, nothing less.P.s. Don't expect to see any modern products in this movie. At the beginning, you will only briefly get to see the first generation Ipod, while other products are all the ones from the era before 1996. The movie actually ends in 1996, so many are disappointed that the movie did not show the era of Ipod's, Ipad's, Iphone's and Macbook's.
I must disagree with the many reviews that did not like Ashton Kutcher in this role. As many seem to think that he is a poor actor, this work is his best to date. He made the character believable and the vision Steve Jobs had for the world. Of course Mr. jobs was an egoist but this type of person always is. He conveys through the character the desire to think differently and change the world. Most people it seems are bitter with Apple for the way they conduct their business, costs of equipment, software but as I type here on my Macbook, I can say this baby has never blue- screened, crashed or <more>
made me jump through hoops to install a program. In the movie one developer reminds Jobs that he wanted the computer to be an extension of the person. I can say that is absolutely true. Performances by Lukas Haas, Ron Eldered, Kevin Dunn, Dermot Mulroney and Robert Pine are good. While the accuracies of the film are questionable, the overall effect and dedication of Mr. Jobs is what it intends to successfully convey. I did think that it end too quickly and should have progressed further but with over 2 hours the reason is obvious. Jobs succeeds because it tells the story of an infatuation of desire to change the way we live. All major innovators/inventors like Edison have had this driving force behind them and they never let up. If that doesn't inspire you inspire you while bringing back memories of Macintosh, Lisa, Apple IIe or IIc then this film will never be for you. I don't think it will be a box office hit but it will create a cult following. With that said, it is the best money I have spent on a movie in a long time considering the sludge that droll Hollywood has been passing off as films.
Ashton Kuthcher, although never my first choice for jobs, he pulled it off. (by michaelalanharlow)
In all actuality, no one will never truly know how Steve jobs really was as an overseer and company head. As a story, Ashton Kutcher pulled it off just as good as Noah Wiley, the catch..... his voice. Kutcher carries a throaty, teen-like voice that doesn't match up to the forever renowned Steve Jobs, But he pulled it off perfectly in looks and mannerisms. There are many scenes where Kutcher plays a convincing jobs just by looks alone, except however when any voice-volume comes about. This movie played the "described" Steve jobs to a T. The story was slow in certain spaces and <more>
even entered a lull in some, but it stayed true to the heart of an ambitious young man, in the heart of silicon valley who had a vision and a dream. Sure you may say "tis movie doesn't capture the true heart of Steve jobs, but who could other than the great himself. To the "anti" critics, give Kutcher a chance because any biographical role is hard for any actor...... lets see you do it. The film focuses on the early and critical years of apple and evolves into where Jobs returns as CEO in the late 90's which is almost a prequel, so in all actuality, let it be that. Like any tasteful biography should be, it doesn't focus on his death, it focuses on what good the man did for this world. Don't consider this movie as a full on true story because its not. Consider it as a good story with great historical points in general, telling the story of a man who perfection was the only option. It tells the story of a man with ambition. Even though there weren't many "teaching points" in the movie, it really doesn't matter because thats what we have "google" for, but be prepared for opinions. I gave this movie an 8 because it deserves every little point it can get as long as its worth the rating, and this one got an 8 from me. As an early 80's child who saw the birth of the mac in my living room, I can honestly say that the ambition put into the mac bled all over my living room and I felt the future every time I touched the desk. This movie allowed me to relive what it took to get that mac in my house. The mac will always be the ONLY PC ever, all others are just copycat remakes of he 1980s, trying to push Job's vision in another name and form to the public. Just to add a note, If it wasn't for Jobs's education programs, I never would have felt the need and use of a PC. My mother was a teacher who got hers on an extreme discount because of the school that hired her, way before windows was ever introduced. This isn't a story of computers, iPhones or iPods, this is a story of a man who invented windows, and yeah, he did invent Windows. Without Jobs,Gates would have never created Windows. Its just a good story! exclamation point!
An almost insanely great film those who want a history lesson, go read the book (by axb)
I had read the bad reviews, Woz's comments about the film and my wife had read Issacson's book. Three strikes against the film we were about to see. But within minutes we were both drawn in, fascinated and entertained by the film. A really good film, perhaps even a great one. It is not insanely great, but more about that later. What do you want from a film about a historic and important person? If you want homage to "a great man", go see Spielberg's "Lincoln". If you want a numbing "by the numbers" history lesson, go see Lee Daniels' "The <more>
Butler". But if what you want to see is a raw portrait of a highly flawed genius, go see "Jobs". The arrogance, the intelligence, the salesmanship, the insensitivity, the cruelty and yes, the ability to see what people want before they know they want it; it's all there. The Mac, the iMac, the iPod and everything else Apple marketed was the manifestation of a vision. A vision of creating something way beyond the ordinary, making complex technology simple and making ugly machines beautiful. That was Steve Jobs' vision and it comes through in the film loud and clear. Yes there are omissions- Xerox, Pixar, NEXT almost not there and of course the post-2001 products. But as I said in the title, if that is what you want, go read the book. This is not a film as history of Apple or biography of Steve Jobs, it is about Steve jobs the person. If you cannot see that, I feel sorry for you. Yes, there are weaknesses. Ashton Kutcher's Jobs character walks funny for no apparent reason. Some characters are too superficially sketched. And yes, I agree that it should have been clearer as to how the Mac acquired its revolutionary user interface. But these are quibbles. Mr. Kutcher, the director, Joshua Michael Stern, and the writer, Matt Whiteley, take it from me- Forgive them critics for they know not what they are saying.
Don't hate him because he is rich and successful. (by tom-1104)
"Jobs" is a good thing for this country — and mankind. I went into this movie with some trepidation knowing this was a product of a rookie screenwriter Matt Whiteley and novice director Joshua Michael Stern of Swing Vote . And I underestimated them, just like so many people underestimated Steve Jobs.They take us back to 1974 to get to know Steve Jobs Ashton Kutcher of No Strings Attached , the rebel with a wandering eye and no time for the conformity of society. I agreed with him when he said, "The system only produces another system." He tries to break new ground <more>
working for Atari and needs help from his buddy Steve Wozniak Josh Gad of Thanks for Sharing . One Steve is a nerd who loves computers and wants to be cool. The other Steve is cool and wants to make cool things. This bond, driven by the vision and tenacity of Jobs, is enough to get Apple off the ground.I admit to being seduced by the soundtrack, as I was in college in the '70s and I still have the 8-track tapes to prove it. I applaud the filmmakers for this being their only indulgence into nostalgia.If the movie has a fault, it's that it has so much ground to cover. It starts in 1974 and takes us to 1996. If I had to tell you what happened to me last weekend, it would take three hours. We get peeks at the man behind the Mac, and it is not pretty. The filmmaker does not spend a lot time on his shortcomings or try to present some kind of simple explanation for why he is the way he is. Sure he was some kind of genius and mega- maniacal technology leader. But the movie does not put him on a pedestal. It shows him as a simple man. Yeah, that's right – a simple man who had a vision and believed that anything was possible. He was not portrayed as Da Vinci, or an Einstein, but just a guy with a sparkle in his eye who would not give up on perfection.I know it seems I am caught up in the man and not the movie. That is what a good movie does: it shows you the important stuff. I am sure they cut out a million things, but what was left worked for me. I felt his struggle and saw what he sacrificed for his principles, his visions and his dreams.Kutcher gives a great performance and you sense there are explosions taking place in his mind. That's not easy for a comedic actor to pull off. There is a bunch of other good talent in the movie as well, and we appreciate the characters' challenge of being his friends and co-workers. In the end, he did not seem to have many friends, just people who were with him or against him.I give this movie 8 stars out of 10. I was expecting a "Lifetime Movie," but what I saw was a movie about an inspiring life. The story of Steve Jobs should be condensed to children's books that we read to our kids at bedtime. Until then, you can see this movie.