2013 / Director. Josh Michael Stern.
Upon it's release JOBS was met with a lot of criticism and was most notably dismissed by the people who are portrayed in the film. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, was less than impressed about the depiction of his relationship with Steve Jobs. Such negativity is unfortunate because what gets lost is the fact that the film represents the essence of Steve Jobs rather than the man himself. Some of the greatest historical films are build upon falsehoods and creative liberties and JOBS is no different. Perhaps time will be kinder to it. The film chronicles the formation of Apple Inc and follows it's rise-fall-rise through to 2001 when the iPod was launched. When you stop concentrating on inaccuracies and begin to understand the film's focus, it proves to be a fascinating and totally enthralling story. Steve Jobs was a man with a vision to change the world and the film is about THAT story. With a steely determination and refusal to settle for second best, Jobs forged against the odds and created a brand and a product that would become not only the most innovative of our time, but also the most life changing. It's with this knowledge that we watch the film. Many of us will actually watch the film ON an Apple device... heck, I'm writing this on one. The film plays heavily on the idea that Jobs wanted Apple to become an extension of our lifestyle and with iPhones and iPads his dream was realised. The film doesn't paint a rosy picture of the man either and he's portrayed as a arrogant asshole... however his genius is irrefutable. Such greatness is at a sacrifice to qualities the rest of us might admire. According to production notes and various articles, the film was well researched and much of it's content comes directly from interviews and personal accounts (including Jobs' family). How Jobs is represented is an amalgamation of multiple sources. Ashton Kutcher's performance is excellent and with his uncanny likeness, he embodies the man brilliantly. I think this is an outstanding film and I hope that it appreciates with time. Perhaps Steve Jobs' death is still too fresh for such a film so soon and maybe the liberties they've taken have been misconstrued. What the man represented is absolutely captured and THAT'S what the film is about. My only question is - what the hell is James Woods doing in it? He's on screen for 2 minutes MAX! What the?