Well, I really wanted this to be good. Unfortunately, it was like watching forty-five different versions of a trailer for the movie, continuously, in 2-minute intervals. Here’s how it goes: there’s an emotional, yell-y scene with Ashton Kutcher (doing a decent job portraying Jobs), and then we’re supposed to think that Steve may not become the filthy rich genius we all came to love/hate.
But what’s the deal? This is like Steve Jobs Digest, getting little chunks, skipping ahead in time, giving Ashton a new haircut, progressively tighter jeans (everywhere, winkwink), and then goofier glasses, starting with some pretty modest ones and building up to some serious Dumbledore/Lennons.
I get it, this is a small-budget independent-ish film. But here we have a direct rip-off of “The Social Network” (which I would give 4/5 banjo-squirrels), complete with an overuse of twinkly piano notes after a profound or deeply “touching” moment.
If you want to know about Steve’s life, read the Walter Isaacson biography. I found this film to be repetitive, shamelessly hitting the same few notes: Steve is a genius, Steve expects a lot, Steve’s drive alienates people, Steve gets alienated. Repeat, rinse, spit, repeat, rinse, spit. Continue for two hours. End on cheesy shot with poor development of characters, almost as if the team thought adding Jony Ive as a character last minute.
We all know that Steve is remarkable, but I was hoping to find an exploration of something unexpected, more personal. In “The Social Network”, we all know that Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a billionaire, but we learn it’s at the price of peers. With “Jobs”, Steve always wins. Really, my biggest disappointment was the lack of extended scenes exploring the character.
Maybe, and I suspect this is actually true, just maybe what kept me watching is my fascination with Ashton, which begins with Kelso. (I’ll never not love Ashton, a truth that has been proven even after he left Demi.)