Steve Jobs needs no introduction. He is the founder of the world’s most valuable company….Apple. This movie is the story of his rise and fall and rise again in the corporate world.
The movie opens with Steve Jobs (Kutcher) introducing the i-pod to his staff. It is without question one of the most pivotal moments in modern history. The I-pod transformed everything. We are then taken back 30 odd years to his uni days.
Jobs was always an awkward misfit. And together with his friend Steve ‘ Woz ‘ Wozniak (Gad), we are witness to the moment when Woz’s fledging idea for hooking up a keyboard to a TV monitor merges with Job’s indisputable visionary mind and the personal home computer is born.
Jobs sees the future in this new technology and despite all the nay-sayers and obstacles, he sets out to sell and market the computer to a local electrical retailer. He brings in his friends to help fill the initial order, all the while relentless in his pursuit of finding a backer for his invention.
Enter financial backer Mark Markkula (Mulroney) with a $90 000 start-up offer and Apple is really born. The movie then tracks the relocation from Jobs’ parents garage to modest offices to huge corporate offices. There is now a Board of Directors and lots and lots of employees. Apple is making inroads but things are just not right.
Job’s ideas are simply too visionary and the company hemorrhages money. He is shuffled around. They try to reel him in, stifle his creativity. But he is nothing is not adaptable and with each new project, he is just as devoted and driven.
Apple is ultimately successful enough to rid themselves entirely of Jobs. But the company does not fare well in his absence and he is lured back into the fold. Job’s once again gives full rein to his vision and surrounds himself with a new breed of innovators who share his original philosophy and the rest, as they say, is history.
It has been difficult to avoid the scathing reviews for this movie. But I must be missing something. Well I guess at this point I should add that whilst I am aware of the Jobs/Apple story….. as a person living in the 21st Century, how could I not…. I am not a fan or someone acquainted with more than a perfunctory knowledge of the man. Apart from that quote.
This movie portrays Jobs as a genius with few social skills who disposed of people as quickly as he disposed of outdated ideas. Even those closest to him did not escape unscathed. He was not a nice man to do business with it seems.
We see little of his personal life, apart from glimpses of what I assume the Director deems pivotal enough to make note of. I found this made the movie bereft of real emotional depth and did not give a full picture of the man. He was not a nice man for a great deal of his personal life either.
And yet I enjoyed this movie. A lot. I found myself relating to a man who could not relate with many others. A man who was misunderstood and reviled by many, yet loved and worshipped by many more.
Kutcher is particular has been slammed for his portrayal of Jobs yet I found his often bewildered yet harsh gaze, terrible dress sense and awkward gait oddly endearing. His terrible temper tantrums, the sense that Jobs himself was aware he was sitting on the outside looking in…. it all added up to a glimpse of the man behind the myth.
How can one 2 hour movie truly encompass a man and mind that will surely be remembered throughout history as one of the greatest visionaries of all time? This movie was a bit clunky and had some major gaps…. and I left with more questions than answers….. but then I came home, logged onto the interwebs and read and read and read.
Maybe that was the point.
One of my favourite quotes….. from one misfit to another…..
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 — they’re not fond of rules… 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 ~ Steve Jobs
Love Flick xx
Director : Joshua Michael Stern
Starring : Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard
Running Time : 128 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now