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JOBS: “After seeing this film, I have . . . respect for this man”

Jobs movie posterAshton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak
Amanda Crew as Julie
Dermot Mulroney as Mike Markkula
Matthew Modine as John Scully
Lukas Haas as Daniel Kottke
Victor Rasuk as Bill Fernandez
In theaters August 16

Do you own an iPhone, an iPad, an Apple computer? Did you ever wonder who or what was behind that idea, or the company and products that you see and use every day?

Steve Jobs was a hippie, college dropout who had a hunger, a drive for more in life. Trying to find a place or really something to sink his teeth into, he and his friend Woz, Steve Wozniak, become obsessed with creating an interactive visual interface that ordinary people could use for any number of applications—in other words, a home computer. In 1976 Steve, ever the forward thinker and innovator, and a small group of fellow “geeks” began creating this revolutionary new appliance in Steve’s garage in Los Altos California. Thus began Apple Computers.

The film Jobs gives you a glimpse into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and inspiring people in this century. Jobs covers the beginnings of Apple and the company’s rise to the top of the computer/electronics world; the decline of the company after Apple went public when Steve was voted by the board of directors out of his own company. Then his reinstatement, all the way up to the introduction of the iPod. While this film kind of follows the bio pic formula, painting Steve Jobs’ life and career in broad strokes, it is still entertaining and engaging.

What makes this film work is the brilliant character work of Ashton Kutcher. While I have always known his potential, that may be a hard selling point for some. Forget That 70s Show, forget Dude, Where’s My Car?, and forget Two And A Half Men. You need to throw all that out the window. Ashton gives you a full throttle, unapologetic glimpse of the icon that was Steve Jobs. At times the resemblance is uncanny. Over the years, Ashton incorporates Steve’s gestures and speech patterns and even Steve’s gangly walk—this is not a whitewashing of Steve’s character. There were times that Steve Jobs was a downright dick to the people around him: family, friends, and coworkers. Steve was obsessed with detail and design. He believed that Apple products should be a natural extension of the user and to fit into their lifestyle with form and function. He wanted to make the impossible possible and was frustrated and upset when no one else could see things the way he saw them. When things got in the way of that vision, Steve was not a pleasant person.

While I did not know a lot about Steve Jobs life, I appreciated his genius, but after seeing this film, I have a deep, genuine respect for this man (and a new-found respect for my iPod). If you are the owner of at least one Apple product, you should see this film. If you are someone who has always danced to the beat of a different drum or walked your own path in spite of, you should see this film.

5 out of 5 stars.

Check out the trailer for “JOBS” below:

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