If you are an Apple or Macintosh fan, then you are probably going to appreciate the new film about the company’s founder and visionary, Steve Jobs, a lot more than I did – or, depending on the movie’s accuracy, maybe not. Nevertheless, as a PC guy (and John Hodgman) fan I still found “Jobs” to be an interesting biography and history lesson about the man and the business during the pre-iPod days. Ashton Kutcher also delivers a very good performance as the iconic Apple mastermind.
I don’t know a lot about Steve Jobs or Apple, but one has to assume that Hollywood has taken liberties regarding the true-life events on which “Jobs” is based. Was the man really the absolute jerk and wannabe Jesus that he is portrayed to be in this movie? Regardless, his character’s bravado and anger issues make for some decent drama in the otherwise dull world of computer manufacturing and Silicon Valley boardrooms.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and written by newcomer Matt Whiteley, the film starts with Jobs as a college dropout who is wandering the campus in his bare feet, doing drugs, hitting on girls and spreading hippie wisdom. I was ready to check-out after the first fifteen-minutes of this story, which also has Jobs visiting India on some sort of journey of enlightenment, but fortunately it gets better after this rather wacky beginning – so hang in there.
Although Jobs lacks any real technical expertise, he does have a talent for figuring out what people want, even before they know they want it, and he also proves to be proficient in getting others to follow his vision. So after conning a friend, Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), into completing an electronics project for him, he notices what turns out to be a prototype for the world’s first personal computer sitting on Wozniak’s desk; and before you can say, “byte,” the two entrepreneurs have set up shop in Jobs’ garage and have a contract to produce the gizmos for the local electronics store.