If you’ve ever dreamed of changing the world, go see the “JOBS” movie. Similar to “The Social Network”, it’s is an inspirational film for anyone with an idea. Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs) and Josh Gad (Steve Wozniak) take you through the early days of raising capital, building teams, and defining Apple Computer’s wow. Yes, this film could be better from an artistic standpoint, but it’s still an historic must-see.
JOBS was the closing night film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. This much-anticipated film was originally scheduled to be released in April, and got delayed to August. Eight months and many tweets later, it was great to finally see "JOBS" on the big screen.
From the start-up days in Steve Jobs’ parents garage in Cupertino, Calif, you get taken inside the Silicon Valley history books. You’ll see Steve build a game with Woz for Atari, the initial meeting with their first big investor Mike Marruka (Dermot Mulroney) and John Sculley (Matthew Modine) take over as CEO of Apple Computer.
Of course, we can just read books or look up previous Apple movies and videos, but Director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) offers a new look in 2 hours and 2 minutes. There are four key scenes in this movie that will make you want more: the garage days, early Apple Computer, Apple without Steve Jobs at NEXT, and Steve Jobs returns as CEO.
While JOBS emphasizes what has made Apple so superior, the film could be stronger in conveying Steve’s intensity and commitment to brilliance. Anyone who doesn’t get Steve’s vision to be better and different is immediately fired. However, you don’t feel that bad for the people who suddenly get let go (maybe because it is too expected or rushed?)
We love most of this movie, but are really not wild about Ashton Kutcher’s impression of Steve Jobs’ walk. Ashton shared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week that he studied Steve Jobs body language to play this role, but maybe he thought too much about the walk? Of course, there’s a lot of pressure on anyone playing America’s creative genius, but Ashton’s hunchbacked portrayal of Steve walking the halls of Apple Computer is distracting. Maybe if we had an unknown actor playing Steve Jobs, the walk would not be as awkward to watch in this film?
Switching to the positive, Ashton really does look like the young Steve Jobs, and I can’t really think of anyone else better. His hand gestures, hair, and clothes are much more realistic than the walk. The feeling of Jobs being very alone in his journey is also strongly conveyed by Ashton’s performance.
Overall, the story, twists and profound quotes make JOBS a movie for the masses. Steve’s vision to build superior products with heart has built a loyal following like no other company in the world. As a self-confessed Apply geek, this film made me want to see a sequel about what happened after Steve Jobs becomes CEO for the second time. This film only touches on the iPod success in 2001, and there is so much more to say about the iPhone, iPad and iOS. We look forward to seeing Aaron Sorkin’s film and others who will be documenting this legend for a long time.
If you’ve ever had a big dream, go see "JOBS". And then remind yourself of Steve Jobs wow and words, “Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Thank you JOBS team for this powerful reminder and film.